Link near end of earthworks

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
The Eastern Link project earthmoving works are nearing completion.
Camera IconThe Eastern Link project earthmoving works are nearing completion. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Earthworks for the City of Busselton’s controversial Eastern Link project are nearing completion with roadworks estimated to finish in June.

The development was met by public protests and environmental concern but has gone ahead as part of a broader suite of modifications planned for implementation over the next 15-20 years.

In October, protesters described the project as “sickening” and “shameful”, saying the City had not listened to residents. A petition drew 1500 signatures.

The bridge contractor, Leeuwin Civil, will start piling the foundations of the bridge abutments this month.

Works on the northern section of the link will start after the bridge piling has been completed.

Once completed, the City Centre Eastern Link will provide an additional entry point into Busselton City Centre diverting traffic from the busy intersections at Causeway Road, Peel Terrace and Queen Street.

A spokesperson for the City of Busselton said the development would have an immediate impact on traffic flow and an ongoing benefit to road congestion.

“Short road detours around Peel Terrace and Cammilleri Street will be instigated when required,” they said.

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