Contracts open for Bunbury Outer Ring Road project
The long-awaited Bunbury Outer Ring Road has reached its latest major milestone with expressions of interest open for its design and construction.
The State Government says workers and businesses in Bunbury and the broader South West will have some priority in the procurement process for the region’s biggest transport infrastructure project.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said an industry briefing would be held next month to help local businesses understand the process.
Ms Saffioti said it would also help the Government understand local capacity and capability to ensure the region’s workers were well placed to take up opportunities throughout the project.
“A key focus of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road is to provide employment and business opportunities for local workers and businesses in Bunbury and the wider South West region,” Ms Saffioti said.
“Aboriginal participation will be mandated with targets put in place for both Aboriginal employment and engagement of Aboriginal businesses.”
The $852 million project includes constructing the remaining stages of a 27km link connecting Forrest Highway near Treendale to Bussell Highway.
The proposed scope of the project includes a new four-lane rural freeway, grade separated interchanges at several locations including Forrest Highway, Raymond Road and Bussell Highway and bridge river crossings at Collie, Ferguson and Preston rivers.
It will also include two rail crossings, road connections and a path for cyclists and pedestrians along the entire length of the road.
Construction is set to start in early 2021 subject to environmental and heritage approvals, but the Government has started the procurement process due to construction contracts expected to take about 12 months.
The project is jointly funded by State and Federal governments.
Forrest MHR Nola Marino said Federal funding was critical to the project being delivered.
“I have been working on this for several years,” Mrs Marino said.
“This project will generate significant economic and employment opportunities in the South West.
“It is vital that local businesses and workers benefit as much as possible from these opportunities, including through maximising local procurement and employment.”
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