The first stage involves duplication of a five-kilometre section between Capel Bypass and Hutton Road, as well as reconstruction works. Once construction is complete there will be two lanes in each direction.
Construction is expected to begin in October and is estimated to support 570 jobs.
Stage 2 will then see construction of a 12-kilometre section between Hutton Road and Busselton. This section will also include the duplication of three bridges.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government was partnering with the WA Government to fast-track regional shovel-ready projects, getting the economy moving again.
“We are continuing to roll out this type of major project nationwide under our $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is laying the foundations for economic recovery as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. McCormack said.
Premier Mark McGowan said the works were also a focus of his government’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery to create jobs and opportunities.
“This is just one of the major job-creating projects we have underway to support our regional economies and local jobs,” Mr. McGowan said.
Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the project was part of $223 million of investment negotiated between the Australian and Western Australian governments as part of the local job-creating shovel-ready projects package.
“The $85 million Bussell Highway duplication will generate jobs and business opportunities while improving safety and efficiency for the more than 15,000 vehicles that use this stretch of road daily,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“I’m pleased we have worked together to get this project and many other important regional works off the ground, including the $100 million Regional Road Safety Improvement Program.”
The project is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $68 million and the WA Government committing $17 million.
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