Margaret River Bypass $22.8M Contract Awarded

Posted: 29/08/17 15:58

Margaret River Perimeter Road concept plan 2015

The $22.8 million contract for construction of the Margaret River Perimeter Road has been awarded as a joint venture to MRPR Joint Venture, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil Pty Ltd.

Works will commence in September, with completion expected in December 2018.

Once complete, the road will take the majority of heavy vehicles and inter-regional traffic off the main street of Margaret River, increasing safety and amenity in the town. It will also enable the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to start the redevelopment of the town centre.

Stage Two includes a further 5.2km of the Perimeter Road, plus a new 2.3km section of John Archibald Drive to complete a connection between the Perimeter Road and the town.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that the reduced travel times to other regions and increased transport efficiency would provide economic benefits such as producers getting to market faster.

"The Perimeter Road will take the majority of heavy vehicle and inter-regional traffic off the main street of Margaret River, allowing visitors and locals to enjoy increased safety and amenity in the town centre," she said.

"Completion of the Perimeter Road will enable the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to commence its planned redevelopment of the town centre."

Other key components include a 96 metre three-span bridge over the Margaret River and a pedestrian bridge on the Darch trail. 

Project Details

Subcontractors will be required for several works, listed below, in Stage Two. All subcontractor requests (across all categories, not necessarily related to the bypass) currently advertised publicly in the South West can be viewed here.

The "construct only" contract includes construction of 5.2 kilometre of perimeter road to connect to Stage One at Rosa Brook intersection, construction of a 2.3 km long John Archibald Drive and roundabout connection with the perimeter road , the northern roundabout and associated road connections, a new entrance road to the airport, an 80m long road bridge and a footbridge on the Darch Trail.

The drilling and blasting operation to excavate the hard underlying rock near the high-voltage power line north of the river prepared the site for construction of Stage Two. Read more about the project on the Main Roads site.

These works included:

  • Establishment of the Bramley lay down area close to the airstrip;
  • Removal of mulch and topsoil from the road reserve between Margaret River and Airport Creek to re-use during landscaping;
  • Construction of a 125 m culvert adjacent to the pine plantation (at Airport Creek in the vicinity of the high voltage power line north of the river);
  • Stockpiling of feature rock for use in rehabilitation and landscaping works;
  • Construction of the large fill area.
  • Ongoing excavation of the large rock cutting on the northern side of the river; and
  • Manufacture of rock products for use at the bridge site, drainage structures and protection of table drains.

Main Roads are aiming to maximise sustainability outcomes for this project by re-using materials from the interim works in construction of Stage Two. A range of sustainability initiatives are planned, including the use of materials from the site such as mulch, topsoil and feature rock for landscaping and manufacture of rock products for the protection of bridge embankments, drainage structures and table drains.

There will be discussions between Main Roads and the Shire and community as works progress. Those interested in viewing the closed tenders for the perimeter road project can view them here at Australian Tenders. Current tenders in the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia can be viewed at Australian Tenders.  Future tenders for these regions can be seen here.

Expressions of Interest for Environmental Grants

Also in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is a call for Expressions of Interest from landowners living in rural and conservation based areas to apply for funding under the Shire’s Environmental Grant Program. Three successful properties will receive a maximum of $3,000 (xcl. GST) per property to implement conservation based works on their property.

To be eligible to apply for funding, the property must have been previously appointed under the Shire’s Environmental Stewardship Program.

Details can be found on Australian Tenders for the EOI closing on 8 September 2017.

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