Nalder backs dual road

Lisa Thomas, BUSSELTON DUNSBOROUGH TIMESBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton director of engineering and works services Oliver Darby, Minister for Transport Dean Nalder and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam.
Camera IconCity of Busselton director of engineering and works services Oliver Darby, Minister for Transport Dean Nalder and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam. Credit: Gordon Becker

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has deemed the extension of the dual carriageway between Busselton and Capel on Bussell Highway a priority after a visit this week.

Mr Nalder said he wasn't able to commit to the project because it was currently unfunded, but felt it was an important step forward for the growth of the region.

"In coming down to Busselton I asked for an update from Main Roads and they've raised concerns of congestion on Fridays and long weekends, and safety concerns after a number of incidents in the last few years," he said.

"It will require $52 million to do the complete 17km of dual carriageway and we are currently looking if we can break it into stages.

"The first stage would be between Capel and Tuart Drive, where most of the incidents occurred and that would cost $17 million.

"I can't commit to anything yet, but we will go through the budget system and hopefully obtain funding for the first stage."

There have been 65 crashes between Capel and Busselton over the past five years.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said the stretch of road was a popular issue in the community.

"Since being the Member for Vasse I have spoken to many groups in the region regarding this stretch of road, and there is a lot of consensus surrounding the need to complete the dual carriageway between Busselton and Capel," she said. "Issues relating to connecting Busselton with Perth and the rest of the world is fundamental to the economic viability of this region."

City of Busselton director of engineering and works services Oliver Darby said the City had been working alongside Ms Mettam to upgrade the stretch of road.

"We met with Libby Mettam and Minister Nalder this week to discuss the project and the Minister was very supportive," he said. "The upgrade of this stretch of highway to dual carriage is definitely on the Minister's agenda as a future transport priority and we're confident the dual carriage project will progress.

"The time frame for the project is dependent on State Government funding but we understand that the Minister is looking at various funding options in order to fast track the project's delivery."

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