Bindoon Bypass

 

Background

During the planning review for the Great Northern Highway: Muchea to Wubin Upgrade Stage 2, we 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.

 

Bypass Selection

In early 2017, the former Minister for Transport endorsed Western Bypass Corridor A for further planning and development. Read the Minister’s media statement for more information.

 

Bypass Benefits

Although slightly longer than the other options, Western Bypass Corridor 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.

 

Current Activity

$20 million has been allocated to undertake pre-construction work for the bypass, comprising $16 million from the Australian Government and $4 million from the State Government.

The will allow us to complete the planning and preliminary design process, seek construction approvals and protect the planned route through land acquisition, providing certainty for landowners and the wider Bindoon community.

The bypass alignment is currently being refined in consultation with affected landowners and other stakeholders to minimise impacts to landowners. A series of environmental, heritage and geotechnical surveys are also being 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 also being explored.

 

Environmental approvals

Bindoon Bypass Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Referral

The Bindoon Bypass Referral documentation was released on Friday 15 September 2017 for public consultation by the EPA.

The EPA will coordinate a 7-day comment period on the referral. For more information on the referral process please visit the EPA website.

The project will require further assessment and approval by the EPA. It should be noted that the Bindoon Bypass is in the early stages of planning and as such a much larger Development Envelope has been included in the referral than would normally be expected. This is to allow for changes to the design in response to potential social, environmental and engineering concerns. It is our expectation that this Development Envelope will be refined and reduced during the assessment process. The Development Envelope considers the ultimate design which includes an allowance for a future dual carriageway that may be required by 2050. It is expected that the initial construction of the Bindoon Bypass will consist of a single carriageway only.

The GNH Project Team are currently undertaking ecological surveys to identify and define the environmental values of the Project area and plan to undertake additional technical studies in the coming months based on direction from the EPA.

To review the Bindoon Bypass Referral documentation, please visit the proposals page on the EPA website.

To comment on the Bindoon Bypass Referral, please visit the consultation page on the EPA website.

 

Further information

For general project information please contact the Community Engagement Team:

Phone: 1800 820 366

Email: info@m2w.com.au

 

Modified: 15 Sep 2017