During the planning review for the Great Northern Highway: Muchea to Wubin Upgrade, the Project Team identified that the steep grades of Bindoon Hill presented significant challenges for the potential use of 53.5 m road trains travelling through the town of Bindoon. In addition to maximising the efficiency of this major freight network route through the potential use of higher productivity vehicles, consideration was also given to improving local community safety by reducing the number of heavy vehicle movements through the town of Bindoon.
To resolve these issues, several realignment and upgrade options were considered in the vicinity of Bindoon Hill along with a number of alternative options between Muchea and Calingiri West Road. Three bypass corridor options were presented to the local community and stakeholders for feedback and consultation in mid-2016.
On completion of the community feedback and consultation period, each bypass option was carefully assessed against a range of safety, social, economic, heritage, environmental, traffic and transport efficiency criteria.
In early 2017, the Minister for Transport endorsed Western Bypass Corridor A for further planning and development. Read the Minister’s media statement for more information.
Although slightly longer than the other options, the Western Bypass Option A was selected as it provides a flatter and more consistent route for larger, heavy vehicles. This was seen as a significant benefit by industry. More consistent speeds will contribute to greater freight efficiencies, reduce emissions and improve road safety by reducing dangerous overtaking manoeuvres of slower vehicles. There will also be safety and amenity improvements for the local community by reducing the number of heavy vehicle movements through the town of Bindoon.
Planning and design of the bypass, including submissions for construction approvals and land acquisition will now commence.
The bypass alignment will be refined in consultation with affected landowners and other stakeholders to minimise impacts to landowners. A series of environmental, heritage and geotechnical surveys will also be completed for the preferred corridor.
Properties located solely on Western Bypass Corridor B, or the Eastern Bypass Corridor C, will not be considered in ongoing planning activities.
Funding options for future construction of the Bindoon Bypass are currently being explored, including using available funds to protect the planned route through acquisition, providing certainty to landowners and the wider Bindoon community.
For general project information please contact the Community Engagement Team:
Phone: 1800 820 366