Murray Criddle

Murray Criddle

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Richard Court

Richard Court

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    Government says Busselton Bypass ready for traffic in December

    16/11/2000 12:32 PM
     
    16/11/00


    Premier Richard Court announced today that the Busselton Bypass - the South-West’s highest priority road project - would open to traffic by the end of the year, four months ahead of schedule.

    The early opening of the $21 million ‘through-road’ will be a major boost for the local community and for people travelling to and from the region during the summer holiday period.

    “Work on the new 10.7km bypass was not scheduled to be completed until April next year but I’m pleased to announce that the project has gone so smoothly that we will be able to open it by the end of December,” Mr Court said.

    “This is an absolute bonus because those who travel through the Busselton township during the busy holiday times fully understand the frustration of being caught in long lines of traffic.

    “It’s a bonus, too, for residents of Busselton who won’t have the inconvenience of having to deal with huge volumes of through traffic, including large trucks, day after day.

    “This means motorists will soon have a safe, free-flowing alternative route to the Dunsborough, Yallingup, Margaret River and Augusta areas.

    “This is a magnificent project which I’m sure will improve the general environment in the town centre and enhance the quality of life for residents living along the existing route.”

    Transport Minister Murray Criddle said contractor Henry Walker Eltin Pty Ltd was currently installing signs, line markings and street lighting along the bypass to enable the road to become fully operational. Rehabilitation of road verges and medians within the project site was also being carried out.

    “While the great benefit of the bypass is the channelling of through-traffic away from the busy town centre, it will also serve as a local road for existing and future development on the outskirts of Busselton,” Mr Criddle said.

    “The Busselton bypass is being constructed from Causeway Road to Bussell Highway at the Vasse town site and incorporates two new bridges to carry traffic over the Vasse River and the Vasse River Diversion.

    “While the road is planned to ultimately become a dual carriageway, it has been constructed initially as a single carriageway except for two short sections in the vicinity of Queen Elizabeth Avenue and at the western end of the bypass.”

    Mr Criddle said the Busselton Bypass Project would be landscaped to preserve the conservation value of the area and integrated with the existing environment.

    “This project will include enhanced landscaping of the large Causeway Road roundabout, which has been designed to provide an attractive town ‘gateway’,” he said.

    Landscaping the roundabout is being carried out by the Shire of Busselton. Landscaping along the project route will not be undertaken until next winter to ensure successful rehabilitation.

    Mr Criddle said the Busselton Bypass Project also included upgrading of the adjoining section of Bussell Highway from west of the Sabina River Bridge to Causeway Road.

    This upgrade, which was opened to traffic in May this year, had seen the existing road reconstructed and a second carriageway built on the old railway alignment south of the present road to improve the level of safety, comfort and efficiency on this busy section of the highway.

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