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|Length||112 km (70 mi)|
|Route number(s)||State Route 40|
|West end||Albany Highway (State Route 30), Kelmscott, Perth|
|East end||Great Southern Highway (State Route 120), Brookton|
Brookton Highway is a 112 kilometres (70 mi) 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 continue on far past Brookton, passing through Corrigin, Kondinin, Hyden, Lake King, and finishing at South Coast Highway, just west of Ravensthorpe.
Near its western terminus, the road passes through thick jarrah forest in the Darling Scarp; however further east, the landscape soon becomes flat, passing through wheat farming regions and wandoo woodlands until reaching Brookton.
The highway is a part of the route linking Perth to Esperance and is identified as a strategic freight and tourist route. 36.5 m (120 ft) in length which generally carry grain and livestock. Tourism traffic, particularly to Wave Rock, is also prevalent along the western stretch of the road.For most of the road it is able to cater for heavy vehicle combinations up to
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The bushfire in Kelmscott and Roleystone on 6 February 2011 destroyed the Buckingham Bridge. The bridge had originally been built from timber in 1935. 400 tonnes (880,000 lb) of rock, 250 tonnes (550,000 lb) of crushed limestone and 4,500 tonnes (9,900,000 lb) of fill material. Heavy vehicles were unable to use the structure and had to detour at Welshpool Road. This part of the highway is used by up to 4,000 vehicles per day.A temporary bridge over the Canning River was opened on 4 March 2011 and was constructed using
The Buckingham Bridge was replaced with a permanent concrete and steel bridge, constructed to the south of the temporary crossing so that traffic was not disturbed. 25 July 2013.The new Buckingham Bridge was opened to traffic on
|Armadale||Kelmscott – Mt Nasura boundary||0||0.0||Albany Highway (State Route 30)||Traffic light intersection, western terminus|
|Roleystone||5.0||3.1||Peet Road north/ Soldiers Road (Tourist Drive 205) south||Tourist Drive 205 western concurrency terminus, staggered T-intersections|
|5.9||3.7||Croyden Road (Tourist Drive 205) , Araluen Botanic Park||Tourist Drive 205 eastern concurrency terminus|
|Karragullen||12.2||7.6||Canning Road (State Route 41)|
|York Williams Road||Staggered T-intersections|
|Brookton||110.0||68.4||Brookton Corrigin Road (State Route 40/State Route 120) east/ Williams Street (State Route 120) south||Both roads connects to Great Southern Highway. Brookton Highway eastern terminus. T-intersection favouring Brookton Highway which continues as Brookton Corrigin Road to the east|
Roleystone is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the south eastern corridor.
The Wheatbelt is one of nine regions of Western Australia defined as administrative areas for the state's regional development, and a vernacular term for the area converted to agriculture during colonisation. It partially surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, extending north from Perth to the Mid West region, and east to the Goldfields-Esperance region. It is bordered to the south by the South West and Great Southern regions, and to the west by the Indian Ocean, the Perth metropolitan area, and the Peel region. Altogether, it has an area of 154,862 square kilometres (59,793 sq mi).
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During the summer of 2010–11, a relative lack of bushfires occurred along Eastern Australia due to a very strong La Niña effect, which instead contributed to severe flooding, in particular the 2010–11 Queensland floods and the 2011 Victorian floods. As a result of these weather patterns, most major fire events took place in Western Australia and South Australia. Some later significant fire activity occurred in Gippsland in eastern Victoria, an area which largely missed the rainfall that lead to the flooding in other parts of the state.
Clackline Bridge is a road bridge in Clackline, Western Australia, 77 kilometres (48 mi) east of Perth in the Shire of Northam, that carried the Great Eastern Highway until 2008. It is the only bridge in Western Australia to have spanned both a waterway and railway, the Clackline Brook and the former Eastern Railway alignment. The mainly timber bridge has a unique curved and sloped design, due to the difficult topography and the route of the former railway. The bridge was designed in 1934 to replace two dangerous rail crossings and a rudimentary water crossing. Construction began in January 1935, and was completed relatively quickly, with the opening ceremony held in August 1935. The bridge has undergone various improvement and maintenance works since then, including widening by three metres (10 ft) in 1959–60, but remained a safety hazard, with increasing severity and numbers of accidents through the 1970s and 1980s. Planning for a highway bypass of Clackline and the Clackline Bridge began in the 1990s, and it was constructed between January 2007 and February 2008. The local community had been concerned that the historic bridge would be lost, but it remains in use as part of the local road network, and has been listed on both the Northam Municipal Heritage Inventory and the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.
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