Brookton Highway

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Brookton Highway
Western Australia
General information
Type Highway
Length 112 km (70 mi)[1]
Route number(s) State Route 40
Major junctions
West end Albany Highway (State Route 30), Kelmscott, Perth
 
  • Canning Road (State Route 41)
  • Westdale Road
East end Great Southern Highway (State Route 120), Brookton
Location(s)
Major settlements Roleystone, Karragullen, Westdale, Brookton
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Western Australia
Brookton Highway, Roleystone Valley, 1927

Brookton Highway is a 504 kilometre long undivided single carriageway highway in Western Australia, running from the southern Perth suburb of Kelmscott, through Westdale, to the southern Wheatbelt town of Brookton. It is signposted as State Route 40, however the route and highway continues on far past Brookton, passing through Corrigin, Kondinin, Hyden, Lake King, and finishing at South Coast Highway, just west of Ravensthorpe.

Route description[edit]

Near Kelmscott, the road passes through thick jarrah forest in the Darling Scarp; however further east, the landscape soon becomes flat, passing through wheat farming regions until reaching Ravensthorpe. The eastern part of Route 40 is quite narrow in places. The state government is progressively upgrading sections of the road.

The highway is a part of the route linking Perth to Esperance and is identified as a strategic freight and tourist route.[2] For most of the road it is able to cater for heavy vehicle combinations up to 36.5m in length which generally carry grain and livestock. Tourism traffic, particularly to Wave Rock, is also prevalent along the western stretch of the road.

History[edit]

The bushfire in Kelmscott and Roleystone on 6 February 2011 destroyed the Buckingham Bridge. The bridge had originally been built from timber in 1935.[3] A temporary bridge over the Canning River was opened 4 March 2011 and was constructed using 400 tonnes of rock, 250 tonnes of crushed limestone and 4500 tonnes of fill material. Heavy vehilcles are unable to use the structure and must detour at Welshpool Road. This part of the highway is used by up to 4,000 vehicles per day.[4]

Future works[edit]

The Buckingham Bridge is going to be replaced with a permanent concrete and steel bridge.[5][6][7] The bridge is to be constructed to south of the temporary crossing, so that traffic will not be disturbed.[5][6][7] It is expected to be finished in the middle of 2013.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Inc. "Brookton Highway". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com.au/maps?saddr=Brookton+Hwy%2FState+Route+40&daddr=Brookton+Hwy%2FState+Route+120%2FState+Route+40&hl=en&ll=-32.201181,116.541595&spn=1.132999,1.674042&sll=-32.360298,117.028148&sspn=0.008836,0.013078&geocode=FZLNFf4de0zqBg%3BFdY-Ev4dIbD5Bg&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=17&t=m&z=10. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Roads 2025 Regional Road Development Strategy". 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Brookton Highway reconnected through Kelmscott/Roleystone". 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Brookton Highway bridge reopens". 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "$7million Buckingham Bridge replacement works commencing soon". News. Main Roads Western Australia. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "$7million for Buckingham Bridge replacement". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Shurmer, Jaime (1 November 2012). "Permanent replacement for bridge destroyed in Kelmscott/Roleystone bushfire". Comment News. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

See also[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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