Maps & Designs
The proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road is a 27 kilometre section of highway connecting Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway consisting of three sections – northern, central and southern.
Since early 2017, we have been undertaking an alignment selection planning study, between Forrest Highway and Boyanup - Picton Road. This is to identify an integrated planning solution that is aligned with the future development of Greater Bunbury, and involved the investigation of two possible alignments.
The study was completed in early 2018, and a preferred corridor was selected, with the decision supported by the Western Australian Planning Commission on 31 May 2018. The eastern corridor was selected for various reasons, including:
- It provides an integrated planning solution and defines an outer perimeter for development rather than dividing the Greater Bunbury footprint.
- It more effectively separates high speed regional and freight traffic from local traffic improving safety, efficiency and improved port access.
- It starts further north which will improve safety for a number of intersections along the existing Forrest Highway (including Raymond Road, Grand Entrance, and Hynes Road).
- It is capable of catering for a future population in excess of 200,000 people with four lanes whereas the previous corridor would require a wider footprint with more lanes and larger interchanges.
Since May 2018 we have undertaken further planning and development within the northern section and as a result have identified a blue preferred alignment.
North Alignment Selection Report
Northern Alignment - Corridor Selection Fact Sheet
Detailed investigations and environmental site surveys of this alignment have been carried out. Concept plans for modifications or upgrades to new major and local roads and the development of new access roads and shared paths for the northern and central sections have been proposed in the North Access Strategy Plan. To review the proposed Access Strategy Plans from Paris/Clifton to South West Hwy East refer to concept plan part 1 and between South West Hwy East and South West Hwy South refer to concept plan part 2. The development of these concepts was informed by the detailed investigations, environmental surveys and consultation including meetings with landowners and stakeholders.
The existing corridor for the southern section has been reserved within the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme for many years. However, when referring the project for environmental approval it is necessary to demonstrate that there are not feasible alternatives with lesser environmental impact.
The road reserve through Gelorup includes Federally listed habitat for the Western Ringtail Possum, Black Cockatoo and Banksia Woodland Threatened Ecological Community. In early May 2018, The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy changed the status of the Western Ringtail Possum under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. This is the highest classification level possible before a species is declared extinct.
As a result of this reclassification and the other Matters of National Environmental Significance , we will undertake additional investigations to support the environmental referral process. An alternative corridor has been identified for investigation, within which environmental surveys will be undertaken.
We are consulting with the landowners potentially affected by this alternative corridor as a matter of priority.
The four kilomere central section was completed in May 2013, and connects Boyanup Picton Road and South western Highway, south of Bunbury (near Bunbury Airport). A three kilometre extension of Bunbury Port Access Road (Willinge Drive) was built at the same time.
Image: Planning Review Map
A key benefit of BORR is to significantly reduce the amount of regional and freight traffic using local roads through Greater Bunbury. As a “control of access” highway, BORR will only be accessible via major connections. This means that some local roads will be either bridged over or closed on either side of the BORR. Where roads are closed, works will be carried out to maintain access.
For the northern and central sections of BORR, grade separated interchanges (where two roads are separated, with one going over the other) are planned at the following locations:
- Forrest Highway, near Australind
- Raymond Road
- South Western Highway (near Waterloo Road)
- Waterloo (located at Wireless Road)
- Willinge Drive
We are still investigating options for the connectivity of the southern section. Grade separated interchanges are currently proposed at:
- Gelorup / South Bunbury (near Lillydale Road, final location yet to be determined)
- Bussell Highway
A final decision on these connections is expected in mid-2019.
Planning is being undertaken for these grade separated interchanges. Whether these are all built as part of the project is likely to be decided in late 2019. As an example, an intersection such as a roundabout may be determined to be sufficient in the medium term.