Pinjarra Bypass: Shire to lobby for funding of alternative heavy vehicle route


Pinjarra town centre.
Pinjarra town centre.

SHIRE of Murray will begin lobbying for funding to provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles to reduce congestion in Pinjarra town centre.

The Shire first began considering an alternative route 11 years ago.

Shire councillors backed a decision to let the State and Federal Government know how important the proposed Pinjarra Eastern Bypass is.

Traffic studies have determined that by 2023, primary roads within Pinjarra will not be able to functionally service road users.

The Shire would also like to establish a timeline for the proposed bypass for the benefit of local businesses and to further develop the town of Pinjarra.

Councillors also expressed support for the Shire President and chief executive to lobby for funding for the project in the 2016-17 State and Federal election campaigns and beyond.

“A key objective of the Bypass is to provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles while managing both pedestrian and light vehicle movements within the main street,” chief executive Dean Unsworth said.

“The removal of heavy vehicles will reduce congestion and significantly enhance pedestrian safety and better manage traffic within the road environment.”

The Shire is currently seeking delivery of the first stage of the Bypass from the roundabout on South Western Highway to Pinjarra-Williams Road.

The Pinjarra Eastern Bypass was first considered in 2005 to cancel out the effect of excessive traffic on the town centre.

The resolution was resolved following discussion with Main Roads WA relating to the construction of the Perth Bunbury Highway.

“The extension of the Kwinana Freeway/Forrest Highway initially helped alleviate congestion and heavy vehicle movements within the main street of Pinjarra,” Mr Unsworth said.

“Results of continuous traffic counts both pre and post opening of the Forrest Highway have highlighted heavy vehicle movements through Pinjarra are nearing pre Freeway/Highway levels and are again impacting on the amenity of the Pinjarra TownCentre.”

Stage one of the project is expected to cost approximately $25 million.

Stage one works involve the physical construction of the first stage of the bypass and intersection upgrades.

Main Roads produced concept plans for the bypass with further works required on environmental and heritage approvals to enable formal design plans to be set up.

Through the design of the project, Main Roads would be responsible for the environmental, heritage or waterway approvals prior to any works progressing.

“Improved access and safety in the Pinjarra town centre would encourage increased activity which would drive business opportunity and growth, and enable the town to be a significant destination centre for the Peel region,” Mr Unsworth said.