- Government unveils plans for new Forrest Highway intersection
- $20 million project jointly funded by State and Commonwealth Governments
- Project will improve safety and ease congestion at one of the South-West's busiest intersections
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has today unveiled plans for a $20 million road project that will help improve safety and ease congestion at one of the South-West's busiest intersections.
The project, jointly funded by the State ($4 million) and Commonwealth ($16 million) Governments, will include a new intersection west of Vittoria Road in Bunbury, as well as a new road between Forrest Highway and Jeffrey Road providing an alternative access to the nearby suburb of Glen Iris.
More than 30,000 vehicles currently pass through the existing intersection each day, which provides access to Glen Iris, a number of local schools and the well-known Bunbury Farmers Market.
The project will help provide an alternative route for local traffic access to the suburb, helping improve traffic flow, cater for future growth in the area and ease the pressure on the current Vittoria Road-Forrest Highway intersection.
The new intersection and road connection will also support the future growth and development of Glen Iris.
Construction is expected to commence in late 2024 and support around 130 jobs.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Our Government is committed to delivering road projects that improve safety, ease congestion, and deliver social and economic benefits to the community.
"Around 30,000 vehicles pass through the existing intersection every day, and with the growing popularity of the Bunbury Farmers Market, it's been under increasing pressure for a number of years.
"A new intersection west of this site, and a new access road connecting Forrest Highway to Jeffery Road, will provide alternative access to the suburb of Glen Iris and local schools, and reduce pressure on the existing intersection."
Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"This project will make a huge improvement to liveability in Glen Iris and to the day to day lives of local residents as they navigate their suburb.
"I have campaigned strongly to get this project delivered, and it's fantastic to see the money committed and some of the early plans now in place.
"This project will reduce congestion and improve safety, and importantly will provide Bunbury residents a new access road for the suburb of Glen Iris, its local schools and of course to the Bunbury Farmers Market."
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