Ocean Drive improvements near completion

Monday, 21 October 2019 

The widening works on Ocean Drive have reached a milestone this week with the completion of the road widening and resealing works including the extension of the cycling lanes. 

Contractors have recently installed new street lights to reduce night-time blackspots which will increase road-user safety between Mangles Street and Haywood Street.  The lights will be operational before the end of October. 

The sewer connection has also been completed in preparation for the new toilet facility at Hastie Street on Ocean Drive. This will include an equal access cubical, an ambulant cubical, under cover seating, an outdoor shower and tap for foot rinsing. 

The new ablutions will be finished in time for Christmas and will complement proposed new pathways and car parking which will be completed by month’s end. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the popular coastal route was now safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. 

“Ocean Drive is an iconic Bunbury road taking motorists along our idyllic coast line and the pathway is frequented by recreational users daily,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“Upgrading this stretch of road has been a priority of Council and we are delighted to see the improvements are nearing completion in time for the warmer months.” 

Construction activities began in August with initial works being completed in time for the WA State Road Cycling Championships to be held on Saturday 26 October.  

With the support of the City of Bunbury and the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions the championships will attract local racers as well as the best WA professional riders from overseas.   

The Individual Time Trial course will utilise picturesque Ocean Drive between Scott Street and Mosedale Avenue.   

The road will be closed from 12pm to 4pm for the event.