Town truck bypass back on shire agenda

Composite map of a $9 million Toodyay heavy haulage bypass that was proposed by the State Government in January 2001 and abandoned after local owners objected. The route passes behind Toodyay’s new River Hills residential estate (top centre).

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY residents will be asked if they want the State Government to build a new heavy haulage bypass around the town.

The town is currently served by a temporary heavy haulage route through residential streets west of the railway line.

It starts near Newcastle Bridge at Harper Road and ends where Hamersley Road meets Stirling Terrace opposite the former St Aloysius Covent of Mercy and includes a busy rail crossing near the town’s visitor information bay.

The temporary route contains five right-angle bends that road trains, low loaders, and large farm equipment can’t negotiate without crossing into oncoming traffic.

Many heavy trucks don’t bother to use it and go straight down Stirling Terrace instead.

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