Bussell highway widening tenders

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
The State Government has released the tender to widen the stretch of Bussell Highway from Capel to Busselton
Camera IconThe State Government has released the tender to widen the stretch of Bussell Highway from Capel to Busselton Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

The notorious stretch of single carriageway between Capel and Busselton will soon be safer with tenders called today to deliver Stage 1 of the Bussell Highway duplication.

Community leaders have been calling for the stretch of highway to be widened for more than 10 years with the State Government finally agreeing to go ahead with the full project after Federal government offered $65 million of the $85 million needed for both stages.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Federal Government was partnering with the State to fast-track regional projects to stimulate the local economy.

“We are continuing to roll out this type of major project nationwide under our $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is laying the foundations for economic recovery as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Stage 1 of the $85 million project involves preliminary construction of a five-kilometre section between Capel Bypass and Hutton Road, as well as reconstruction works, which will result in two lanes in each direction.

Premier Mark McGowan said the works were a focus of his government’s post COVID-19 economic recovery to create jobs and opportunities.

“This is just one of the major job-creating projects we have underway to support our regional economies and local jobs,” Mr McGowan said.

Construction is due to start in October, creating 570 jobs and the tender application can be found at Australiantenders.com.au

“The $85 million Bussell Highway duplication will generate jobs and business opportunities while improving safety and efficiency for the more than 15,000 vehicles that use this stretch of road daily,” Ms Saffioti said.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said once fully complete, the project would provide a 46-kilometre dual carriageway between Bunbury and Busselton, improving travel times and safety.

“Later, Stage 2 will see construction of a further 12-kilometre section between Hutton Road and Busselton, including the duplication of three bridges over the Abba, Sabina and Ludlow rivers,” Ms Marino said.

The RAC labelled the stretch of highway as WA’s riskiest road last year.

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