- $22.8 million second stage of Margaret River Perimeter Road to start in September
- Construction of road to create 100 jobs
- Project due for completion in late 2018
A $22.8 million contract has been awarded to complete the construction of the Margaret River Perimeter Road, with works starting in September 2017.
A Joint Venture between WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil would build Stage Two of the Perimeter Road to connect to the 1.8 kilometre section completed in 2015.
Stage two includes a further 5.2km of the Perimeter Road, plus a new 2.3km section of John Archibald Drive to complete a connection between the Perimeter Road and the town.
Other key components include a 96 metre three-span bridge over the Margaret River and a pedestrian bridge on the Darch trail. The pedestrian bridge was suggested by the project's Community Reference Group and will connect to existing walk and bike trails.
The road will improve safety in the town centre, taking the majority of heavy vehicles out of town and reducing congestion on the main street.
It will also create a high standard, free-flowing route for inter-regional traffic that will no longer need to travel through the town.
A range of sustainability initiatives are planned, including the use of materials from the site such as mulch, topsoil and feature rock for landscaping and manufacture of rock products for the protection of bridge embankments, drainage structures and table drains.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Perimeter Road will take the majority of heavy vehicle and inter-regional traffic off the main street of Margaret River, allowing visitors and locals to enjoy increased safety and amenity in the town centre.
"Completion of the Perimeter Road will enable the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to commence its planned redevelopment of the town centre.
"Reduced travel times to other regional destinations and increased transport efficiency will provide economic benefits, including allowing producers to get their goods to market quicker."
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