- Project delivered ahead of schedule and on budget
Transport Minister Dean Nalder today opened the Bussell Highway Vasse Bypass, 10 kilometres west of Busselton, saying the project would improve road user safety and add impetus to the Newtown development project.
The 4.2-kilometre realignment of Bussell Highway to the north and west of Vasse included a bridge over the Buayanyup Drain and a new pedestrian underpass.
"The bypass will result in significant safety improvements in the Vasse townsite and allow for the expansion of the Vasse Newtown townsite," Mr Nalder said.
"The Bussell Highway through Vasse carried more than 6,000 vehicles per day, of which up to 10 per cent were heavy vehicles; and these volumes will only increase with time.
"By reducing the traffic volumes that would have previously travelled through the townsite which includes two schools, we are improving safety for local road users including cyclists and pedestrians."
The Minister said through traffic would be diverted and the highway in town could be downgraded to enhance the amenity of Vasse Newtown.
"Pedestrians are also provided for with the new underpass between the existing traffic roundabout at the eastern end of the bypass and the Buayanyup Drain, opposite the proposed village access point," he said.
Mr Nalder said the $12.8 million project provided 45 on-site jobs and business for nine local suppliers of goods and services.
"Credit goes to Main Roads South West Region and its lead contractor, the MACA Civil-BMD Constructions joint venture, for delivering this project some two months ahead of schedule," he said.
The Vasse Bypass forms part of the overall upgrade to Bussell Highway between Vasse and Margaret River in which, in addition to the Vasse Bypass, the State Government has invested $27.5 million over the past five years.
- Work on the bypass began in March 2015 and was completed two months ahead of schedule
- Local subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services included Busselton Civil and Plant, Leeuwin Civil and BCE Surveying
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