Moylan announces Clackline Bypass to be constructed on Great Eastern Highway
Posted on Thursday, 18 January 2007
Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP announced today that a Clackline Bypass and two passing lanes on Great Eastern Highway would soon be constructed.
Ms Moylan said that Highway Construction Pty Ltd had been awarded the contract for the work, in the Shire of Northam.
“The project will involve the construction of the much anticipated Clackline Bypass and new overtaking lanes at an estimated cost of more than $10 million,” says Ms Moylan.
“The Clackline bypass entails a 1.5 kilometre realignment of Great Eastern
Highway from just west of Clackline linking back in at the Nanamullen Bridge, east of Clackline.
“The bypass works include construction of new intersections at Kimberley and
Spencers Brook Roads, as well as construction of large culvert structures for Clackline Brook and a pedestrian underpass just east of the Clackline General Store.”
“Revegetation, landscaping, and installation of street lighting will also be
undertaken,” she explained.
Two passing lanes, one eastbound and one westbound, between Bakers Hill and Clackline will be built to ensure improved safety at the Chitty and De Castilla Road intersections.
“The new bypass will alleviate growing community concern about the safety on the narrow (Clackline) bridge and the overtaking lanes will provide motorists with increased opportunities to safely pass slower moving vehicles on the (Great Eastern) Highway,” explained Ms Moylan.
Last year, the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Hon Jim Lloyd MP, officially opened the $50 million Great Eastern Highway upgrades from Sawyers Valley to The Lakes.
Coupled with the $50 million upgrades, the new works are anticipated to reduce travel times for motorists to Northam and surrounding areas.
Funding of $13 million is being provided by the Australian Government from the AusLink program for the construction of the new Bypass and for four passing lanes, two of which have already been built at Bakers Hill and Berry Hill.
The new section of the project is due to commence next month and should be completed by December this year.