Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    New Perth-to-Bunbury Highway on track

    23/03/2008 12:00 AM

    Works on the new Perth-to-Bunbury Highway are progressing extremely well, with nearly a third of the construction tasks completed.

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan, who took a helicopter
    fly-over of the route today, said the project was on track for completion in late 2009. 

    “The new Perth-to-Bunbury Highway is a challenging infrastructure project, involving the construction of 70.5km of dual carriageway - the single largest infrastructure project undertaken by Main Roads in its history,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    The new road includes 19 bridge structures, the largest of which will be the
    Murray River Bridge, consisting of two separate structures each 272m in length.”

    The Minister said a majority of the workforce employed for the project were sourced from the Peel region, with 98 contracts awarded to local companies, representing a $53million investment in the region.

    “Our project team has worked more than 1.23 million man hours to date, drawing on the experience of 319 personnel and 1,060 subcontractors,” she said.

    Ms MacTiernan said the Perth-to-Bunbury Highway would provide a gateway to the Peel and South-West regions, reducing travel time for road users by approximately 30 minutes and providing a safer efficient transport route.


    Perth-Bunbury Highway fast facts:


    ·         At its peak, the haulage operations involved a fleet of some 200 trucks, hauling some 50,000 tonnes per day and travelling a combined distance of 50,000km per day (or 1.2 times the distance around the equator).


    ·         More than 8.5 million tonnes of fill have been imported and placed on the alignment; the project requires a total of 10 million tonnes of sand, two million tonnes of limestone and one million tonnes of crushed rock.


    ·         Drainage installation is progressing well - over 6.7km of drainage have been installed.


    ·         Of the 14 segments, nine have been launched at the Serpentine River Bridge (launching due for completion in April).  Launching is programmed to start at the Murray River Bridge in May.


    ·         Work has started at four of the five interchanges.


    ·         Preloading has been completed at the Safety Bay Road interchange and is now being removed in preparation for bridge construction.  Traffic diversion (freeway lanes) will be installed shortly to facilitate construction of the interchange.


    ·         Piling is complete at the Murray River / Pinjarra Road, South Yunderup Road, Nambeelup Brook and Harvey River bridge sites. Piling is under way at the Mayfield Drain bridge site.


    ·         Bulk earthworks are well advanced, paving scheduled to begin in May.


    ·         Public art has commenced on the northern abutment wall for Murray River/Pinjarra Road bridge.

    Minister's office  - 9213 6400