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Trucks removed from Margaret River with opening of Perimeter Road

More than 250 trucks a day will be removed from the main street of Margaret River following practical completion of the final stage of the Perimeter Road project according to the Western Australian Government.

Western Australia Minister for Transport Planning Rita Saffioti accompanied by local members of Parliament and Main Roads Western Australia unveiled the official plaque on the site this week in which the seven kilometre perimeter road between Airport Access Road linking back to Bussell Highway south of Margaret River is expected to improve safety for locals and shorten travel times.

The joint venture using WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil Pty Ltd has included a 5.2km perimeter road to connect to Stage One, the 2.3km John Archibald Drive roundabout connection and new roundabout north of Margaret River, a new entrance to the airport and a 96m road bridge.

Traffic data from January 2019, according to a statement issued by the Government, shows an average of 1,200 vehicles per day using the new perimeter road, with 22 per cent of those classed as heavy vehicles.

Saffioti said the completion of the project would mean a notable reduction in heavy vehicle movements along Bussell Highway through Margaret River for local residents.

"The new road will help the Shire of Augusta Margaret River continue to activate the town's main street,” she said.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to open the road to motorists in time for the holiday season in December 2018. This meant reduced travel times and improved traffic flow for those travelling on Bussell Highway,” said Saffioti.

"It was also great to see the contractor employing local contractors and workers for this project, in addition to using local services such as accommodation, fuel and meals."

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