Great Eastern Highway Bypass

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Great Eastern Highway Bypass
Western Australia
Great eastern bypass 2008 .jpg
Great Eastern Highway Bypass in Hazelmere looking east to the Darling Scarp
General information
Type Highway
Length 5.6 km (3.5 mi)[1]
Opened 1988
Route number(s) National Highway 94
Major junctions
West end Great Eastern Highway (National Highway 94 / National Route 1), South Guildford
 
East end Roe Highway (National Highway 94 / State Route 3) Hazelmere
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Western Australia

Great Eastern Highway Bypass is a limited-access dual carriageway linking Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway in Perth, Western Australia. Together with a section of Roe Highway, it bypasses the historical Guildford and Midland localities, through which the original, urban and slower Great Eastern Highway passes.

Route description[edit]

Great Eastern Highway Bypass begins at a traffic light controlled T Junction with Great Eastern Highway in South Guildford. Through traffic flows between Great Eastern Highway southwest of the intersection and the bypass to the east; access to the north-eastern section of Great Eastern Highway requires turning off the main route. The bypass proceeds around the northern edge of Perth Airport for 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi)[1] before encountering Kalamunda Road at a traffic light controlled intersection. Great Eastern Highway Bypass continues east, past residential development to the north, and mostly undeveloped industrial land to the south, before crossing into the industrial suburb of Hazelmere. After 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi)[1] there is a traffic light controlled T Junction with Abernethy Road, Perth, which travels in a south-westerly direction, parallel to the airport's eastern edge, connecting to the industrial areas of High Wycombe, Forrestfield and Kewdale. A further 650 metres (2,130 ft)[1] takes the bypass to Stirling Crescent, a local road providing access to Hazelmere and High Wycombe, and the road ends at Roe Highway, 600 metres (2,000 ft)[1] to the east. Both intersections are traffic light controlled. Northbound, Roe Highway leads back to Great Eastern Highway in Midvale, east of Midland. Southbound, the highway heads towards Armadale.[1]

History[edit]

Plans for a major highway along a similar alignment date back to Gordon Stephenson and Alistair Hepburn's 1955 "Plan for the Metropolitan Region", which was the precursor of Perth's Metropolitan Region Scheme.[2] The first gazetted edition of the scheme shows it as a controlled access highway, extending west beyond Great Eastern Highway. The route crossed the Swan River and met a proposed north-south highway (now constructed and named Tonkin Highway), and followed the river to Perth's CBD, cutting across the Maylands and Burswood peninsulas.[3] Such a route was still planned for in the 1970s[4] and 1980s.[5] The eastern section, corresponding to the current Great Eastern Highway Bypass, was constructed in the late 1980s, and was known as the Redcliffe–Bushmead Highway during construction.[5] Great Eastern Highway Bypass was opened on 14 May 1988,[6][7]:358 after 21 months of construction, and at a cost of $10 million.[7]:358 The western continuation was not developed, and the route was not included in subsequent planning documents in the 1990s.[8][9]

Intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in the City of Swan local government area, part of the Perth Metropolitan Region.

Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
South Guildford 0 0.0 Great Eastern Highway north-east (National Route 1) – Guildford, Swan Valley Highway terminus: continues south-west as Great Eastern Highway (National Highway 94 / National Route 1)
South Guildford, Perth Airport 1.6 0.99 Kalamunda Road (State Route 41) – South Guildford, Kalamunda
Hazelmere 4.3 2.7 Abernethy Road (State Route 55) – Forrestfield, Kewdale
4.9 3.0 Stirling Crescent – Hazelmere, High Wycombe
5.6 3.5 Roe Highway (National Highway 94 north / State Route 3) – Midland, Armadale Highway terminus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Google (28 June 2013). "Great Eastern Highway Bypass" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Stephenson, G.; Hepburn, J. A. (1955). Plan for the Metropolitan Region (PDF). Perth, Western Australia: Government Printing Office. Plate 9. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ The Metropolitan Region Scheme 1963 (PDF) (First ed.). Perth, Western Australia: Town Planning Department. 1963. Map 13. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Planning Western Australia (1971). "Map 1: Metropolitan Region Scheme 1971" (PDF). 1970 Corridor Plan - background maps. Government of Western Australia. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Proposed amendment to Metropolitan Region Scheme: Rezoning from rural to urban and urban deferred, Stirling Crescent Hazelmere, Shire of Swan (pdf). Perth, Western Australia: Environmental Protection Authority. November 1987. pp. 1, 4. ISBN 0730916707. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Appendix A - Dates of major changes to the road network". Main Roads Western Australia. Retrieved 2007-11-06. Great Eastern Highway Bypass opened 14 May 1988 
  7. ^ a b Edmonds, Leigh (1997). The Vital Link: A History of Main Roads Western Australia 1926-1996. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1 876268 06 9. 
  8. ^ Planning Western Australia (1994). "North-East Corridor Structure Plan - 1994" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Project Mapping Section; Land Information Branch; Ministry for Planning (September 1992). "Foothills Structure Plan - 1992" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Edmonds, Leigh (1997). The vital link: a history of Main Roads Western Australia 1926-1996. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1-875560-87-4. 

External links[edit]

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