Tenders are sought for new roundabout

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Transport minister Rita Saffioti at the site of the new Hosken Street roundabout on Wednesday.
Camera IconTransport minister Rita Saffioti at the site of the new Hosken Street roundabout on Wednesday. Credit: Picture: Geoff Vivian, Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Local and out-of-town contractors are invited to tender for a new roundabout to be constructed at the corner of Hosken Street and North West Coastal Highway in Bluff Point.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Member for the Agricultural region Laurie Graham announced the $4.7 million project on Wednesday 10 after extensive public consultation.

“The community told us it’s a significant trouble area and difficult to turn on to North West Coastal Highway,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Initially, it was proposed to be a three-headed roundabout but with community consultation it’s now going to be a four-pointed roundabout.”

Ms Saffioti said most people who responded to a call for submissions favoured a roundabout over traffic lights. “The new roundabout will be built with four legs to include a new connection into Spalding, linking up with Horan Street,” she said. “This additional connection will help facilitate an urban renewal program in Spalding.”

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Ms Saffioti said the construction contract was expected to be awarded in March with construction to begin in mid-April creating more than 28 direct jobs over a 14-week construction period. Mr Graham said the intersection had been a “black spot situation” for many years and the community would welcome the new roundabout.

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