Ravensthorpe bypass provides safer route for trucks in Western Australia


New bypass on the South Coast Highway in Western Australia is now open.

Ravensthorpe bypass provides safer route for trucks in Western Australia
Western Australia transport minister Dean Nalder.

 

Truck drivers can now bypass the town of Ravensthorpe in southern Western Australia, with a new route opening on the South Coast Highway to improve safety and prevent issues with trucks stalling.

Transport minister Dean Nalder says the stretch of road on the South Coast Highway means trucks no longer need to travel along Ravensthorpe’s main street, which regularly experiences substantial truck traffic due to mining and agricultural operations in the region.

The bypass also addresses the problem trucks had climbing the steep hill on the previous route through the town. The WA Government says about 30 trucks per year fail to make the climb.

"The new route is designed to reduce the risk of trucks stalling on the steep hill through the Ravensthorpe townsite and provides a safer, alternative route," Nalder says. 

"Currently, about 31,000 large trucks move through Ravensthorpe each year, and this number is set to increase with agricultural and mining developments in the region. This new road project will significantly enhance community and motorist safety within the Ravensthorpe township."

Nalder says the bypass involved the construction of a 3.5km route and the reconstruction of a 1.5km stretch of the South Coast Highway, road realignments and improved drainage works and street lighting.

The $7.5 million project was funded under WA’s Royalties for Region program.

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