- $20 million for planning, approvals and land acquisition
- Initial works to be funded from money saved from other joint State-Federal Government projects
- Bindoon Bypass to create safer, more reliable route
The McGowan Government has secured $20 million of funding to start preparatory work on the proposed Bindoon Bypass.
The bypass will create a safer town centre for Bindoon, which is currently divided by the increasingly busy Great Northern Highway freight route.
It will also eventually provide a more reliable and consistent route for heavy vehicles travelling between Bullsbrook and Wubin.
Using $20 million saved from other joint State-Federal Government projects, the McGowan Government will now proceed with the planning and preliminary design process for the endorsed bypass corridor, seek approvals and protect the route through land acquisition.
This will ensure that the Bindoon Bypass is ready to be built as soon as funding for construction becomes available. It will also provide greater certainty for landowners and the wider Bindoon community.
The Bindoon Bypass corridor was endorsed in January 2017 following a comprehensive consultation and assessment process led by Main Roads Western Australia.
It will provide 48 kilometres of new highway between Chittering Roadhouse and Calingiri West Road.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Bindoon Bypass route is a flatter, more consistent route that will contribute to greater fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and improve road safety by reducing dangerous overtaking manoeuvres.
"It will improve road network reliability, safety and amenity for the local community by reducing the number of heavy vehicle movements through the growing town of Bindoon.
"It will also provide the final link in upgrading the Great Northern Highway to the same standard between Wubin and the planned road train assembly area at Muchea.
"At the moment, these freight vehicles are required to terminate their journey at Wubin and break down into smaller units to continue their journey southwards.
"The project team has started further consultation with landowners and other stakeholders to refine the alignment and minimise the potential property impacts. A series of environmental, heritage and geotechnical surveys will also be completed."
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