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Margaret River perimeter road opens

  • Posted on Sunday 6th, January 2019.

A $33 million project to improve safety and remove freight traffic from the CBD in Perth has opened.

The new seven-kilometre Margaret River Perimeter Road project extends from Airport Access Road north of Margaret River, linking back to Bussell Highway south of Margaret River.

Stage 2 of the project connects to the Rosa Brook intersection where it is hoped heavy vehicle traffic will be alleviated from the town of Margaret River.

Additional intersections have been constructed at Airport Access Road, John Archibald Drive and Rosa Brook Road (east) on the 5.2 kilometre second stage, which includes a 96-metre road bridge.

Gravel sources north and south of the town were used to avoid carting construction materials through the town’s main street in order to reduce haulage costs, congestion and vehicle emissions.

At a total cost of $47.6 million the two-stage project is expected to be complete by early 2019.

Stage one was finished in May 2015.

“Road user safety is a priority for the State Government. The completion of the Margaret River Perimeter Road means an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the town of Margaret River and, in turn, reduced congestion in the town centre,” said WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Importantly, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River can now commence the renewal of the main street of this popular tourist town, which attracts many local, interstate and overseas visitors each year.”

“The Margaret River Perimeter Road project involved around 21 local companies, 20 local traineeships and 120 local workers.”

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