South Coast Highway Ravensthorpe Heavy Vehicle Route
Project status: In progress
Ravensthorpe residents will soon enjoy a safer main street thanks to $7.5 million of Royalties for Regions funding to support a new heavy vehicle bypass for the town.
South Coast Highway, which has operated as a significant freight route for many years, climbs steeply through Ravensthorpe. There are about 31,000 large truck movements through Ravensthorpe each year, a number set to increase with agricultural and mining developments in the region.
Most heavy vehicles climb the Ravensthorpe Hill without incident. However, about 30 trucks each year fail to negotiate the steep hill through town and require recovery which can be hazardous to pedestrians and traffic.
These vital road works will address the community safety issues by providing a heavy vehicle route around the town and allow large vehicles to bypass Ravensthorpe's main street.
The alternative heavy vehicle bypass route, scheduled to be opened by 2016, includes:
- 3.5km of new heavy haulage route
- Reconstruction of 1.5km of South Coast Highway, including intersection treatments
- Realignment of 0.7km of the Hopetoun Road
- Improved drainage works and street lighting
- Redevelopment of the main street in partnership with the Shire of Ravensthorpe.
The project was planned following a public consultation process by Main Roads WA, including a resident survey and public forum.