Improving safety on Harris Road

The Shire of Dardanup have commenced works to improve safety on Harris Road in Dardanup – particularly for cyclists and heavy vehicles who are both regular users of the road.

While many Council facilities, buildings and services have been closed under COVID-19 containment measures, the Shire’s Capital Works program is continuing.

Harris Road is a major heavy vehicle route connecting South Western Highway to industrial areas. Heavy vehicles make up more than a quarter of total traffic, carting almost 250,000 tonnes a year.

This section of Harris Road is also a link from South Western Highway to the future Bunbury Outer Ring Road.

In addition, cycling clubs access the popular Ferguson Valley region via a route which includes this section of Harris Road.

Widening of the pavement and seal will:
• Reduce seal edge and shoulder damage;
• Improve safety, particularly for heavy vehicles and cyclists;
• Strengthen the road to handle heavy traffic into the future, reducing future maintenance costs;
• Improved and safer access to the Picton East Industrial areas; and
• Provide a suitable carriageway for connection to the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.

The project is partly funded by the State Government though a Road Project Grant.

Works began this week with verge clearing (supervised by an Aboriginal Heritage Monitor), relocation of underground services, and construction of the off road drainage.

The project will then be placed on hold until after winter, with the major road construction to commence in September, 2020.

The Shire of Dardanup would like to encourage patience and diligence while navigating affected areas.

To discuss the project in more detail, email records@dardanup.wa.gov.au or contact Project Manager Bret Howson on 0429 312 264.