Kojonup Freight Route
- Construct an alternative route for freight vehicles around the Kojonup townsite
- Currently in planning
- Separate heavy vehicles from local and tourist traffic and improve safety and amenity in the town
Image: Heavy vehicle travelling along Albany Highway
Albany Highway travels through the Kojonup townsite passing residential and commercial properties located in close proximity to the road. With no opportunities for widening and/or correcting steep gradients, we are proposing to construct an alternative route for freight vehicles.
As part of the early planning process, we considered a number of options to the east and west of the town.
Western routes were deemed unfeasible because they would sever existing rural properties and a planned residential area from the town centre, significantly impacting local recreational facilities and environmentally sensitive areas, having a greater effect on Kojonup's passing trade and be prohibitively expensive.
An eastern route, with two possible northern links to the town, was then identified in consultation with the Shire of Kojonup for presentation to the community and stakeholders for feedback. This route offers the desired freight efficiency, has less development constraints and minimises any social and environmental impact.
The Shire of Kojonup broadly supported the recommended corridor and Main Road will continue to liaise with the Shire into the future.
The comments and concerns raised by stakeholders during consultation have been noted and will be addressed during detailed planning as part of the Alignment Definition phase. This will include further consultation with affected landowners and stakeholders along with:
- survey, environmental and heritage field work and assessments
- hydrological and surface water studies
- geotechnical and groundwater survey and concept design
- May 2017: Alignment Selection Study completed
- November 2017: Endorsement sought from the Shire on Option 2