CONSTRUCTION on the Turkey Point access road and bridge will start later this month and it could help drive trade opportunities at the Port of Bunbury. 

The Turkey Point access road and bridge is phase two of the Bunbury infrastructure project and will connect Estuary Drive and Leschenault Drive at the Port of Bunbury. 

One of its aims is to reduce the traffic congestion and interaction between port-related vehicles and public road users. 

Southern Ports CEO Keith Wilks said the works would complement the local port’s vision.        

“This Turkey Point access road and bridge is an important part of our Port of Bunbury’s Master Plan that will help us to unlock trade for our Berth 8 and future trade through additional berths,” Mr Wilks said.  

“We have more than 100,000 truck movements through our port, with the only access to our northern berths via Leschenault Drive and the existing access road through the port. 

“It’s also an important part of how we’re increasing safety for the community and our port users by diverting public road users away from the port and instead providing direct access to Turkey Point.” 

Funded by a $34 million contribution from the state government, contractor Fulton Hogan has been engaged to build the dual-use path, road, and bridge. 

Ports minister David Michael said the project would also provide regional employment opportunities.