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WA road project to boost Bunbury area as major economic regional centre

  • Posted on Wednesday 11th, September 2019.

A $852 million project including the construction of the remaining stages of a 27-kilometre high-standard link connecting Forrest Highway near Treendale to Bussell Highway and creating a new road network for the long term has potential to bolster the economy and future development of the Greater Bunbury region.

The Government of Western Australia is calling for expressions of interest from industry for its design and construction.

The proposed scope of the project includes: a new four-lane rural freeway-standard road; grade separated interchanges at Forrest Highway, Raymond Road, South Western Highway, Wireless Road, Willinge Drive, Centenary Road/Lillydale Road and Bussell Highway; bridge river crossings at Collie River, Ferguson River, and Preston River; two rail crossings; local government road connections; and a path for cyclists and pedestrians along the entire length of the road.

"Investing in well-planned transport projects will keep the Bunbury area moving and boost its status as a major economic regional centre,” said Federal Regional Development Minister, Michael McCormack.

"Our commitment to progressing this vital piece of road infrastructure is another step in relieving pressure on Bunbury's existing road network - separating local traffic from regional and heavy vehicles, which in turn, will support economic activity.

"The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project will improve supply chain efficiency, safety, amenity and strengthen Bunbury's position as a regional hub and tourist destination for the South-West region.” he said.

Bunbury Outer Ring Road is scheduled to begin construction in early 2021, subject to all environmental and heritage approvals being obtained from the relevant Commonwealth and State regulatory authorities.

Bunbury Outer Ring Road is jointly funded by the Federal ($681.6 million) and State ($170.4 million) governments.

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