The intersection of Caves Road and Old Bussell Highway in Abbey will be made safer with a contract awarded today to construct a roundabout at the site.
The intersection, which is vital for traffic travelling between Busselton, Margaret River and Dunsborough, has a poor crash history and requires major improvements to reduce the crash rate and improve safety.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced that Southern Roads Services had been awarded a $1.95million contract to construct the roundabout at the intersection, known locally as Monaghan’s Corner.
Ms MacTiernan said that the works included construction of the roundabout and tie-ins to the existing road network, as well as improvements to road lighting and asphalt surfacing.
“As part of the works, 650m of dual carriageway will be constructed along Old Bussell Highway on the eastern approach to the roundabout, which will ensure that disruption to traffic is minimised when the extension of the dual carriageway is required in the future,” the Minister said.
“The area surrounding this intersection is becoming increasingly urbanised and as a result, the traffic volumes flowing through the intersection are forecast to continue to grow significantly.
“In particular, the development of the Vasse townsite into a district service centre will have a dramatic impact on traffic volumes at the intersection.”
Congestion at the intersection increases during long weekend and summer holiday peak periods. The proposed roundabout will result in a significant improvement in the level of service for traffic using the intersection during these times.
South-West MLC Adele Farina welcomed the announcement.
“This is a much used intersection but due to its crash history, it had become cause for concern among many residents,” Ms Farina said.
“I am delighted at the improvements being made and local residents and tourists alike will benefit greatly from them.”
Preliminary works on the project have already commenced to ensure that the project can be completed before traffic volumes increase during the holiday periods later in the year.
Construction works will commence this month and be completed by October.
The works are part-funded under the Safer Roads Program.
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