Brookton Highway

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Brookton Highway

Brookton Highway
General information
Type Highway
Length112 km (70 mi) [1]
Route number(s) Australian state route 40.svg State Route 40
Major junctions
West endAustralian state route 30.svg Albany Highway (State Route 30), Kelmscott, Perth
 
  • Australian state route 41.svg Canning Road (State Route 41)
  • Westdale Road
East endAustralian state route 120.svg Great Southern Highway (State Route 120), Brookton
Location(s)
Major settlements Roleystone, Karragullen, Westdale, Brookton
Highway system
Brookton Highway near Brookton in 2013 Brookton Highway just west.JPG
Brookton Highway near Brookton in 2013
Brookton Highway, Roleystone Valley, 1927 Brookton Highway Roleystone Valley 1927.jpg
Brookton Highway, Roleystone Valley, 1927

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.

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Route description

Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) woodlands along the highway at Brookton Highway Nature Reserve, December 2010. Eucalyptus wandoo 3 Brookton Highway NR XII-2010.JPG
Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) woodlands along the highway at Brookton Highway Nature Reserve, December 2010.

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. [2] For most of the road it is able to cater for heavy vehicle combinations up to 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.

History

The bushfire in Kelmscott and Roleystone on 6 February 2011 destroyed the Buckingham Bridge. The bridge had originally been built from timber in 1935. [3] A temporary bridge over the Canning River was opened on 4 March 2011 and was constructed using 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. [4]

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. [5] [6] [7] [8] The new Buckingham Bridge was opened to traffic on 25 July 2013. [5]

Major intersections

LGALocationkmmiDestinations [9] [10] [11] Notes
Armadale KelmscottMt Nasura boundary00.0Australian state route 30.svg Albany Highway (State Route 30)  Perth, Gosnells, Armadale, Albany Traffic light intersection, western terminus
Roleystone 5.03.1Peet Road north/Australian Tourist Drive 205.svg Soldiers Road (Tourist Drive 205) south   Bedfordale Tourist Drive 205 western concurrency terminus, staggered T-intersections
5.93.7Australian Tourist Drive 205.svg Croyden Road (Tourist Drive 205)   Ashendon , Araluen Botanic Park Tourist Drive 205 eastern concurrency terminus
Karragullen 12.27.6Australian state route 41.svg Canning Road (State Route 41)   Canning Mills, Kalamunda, Lesmurdie
Beverley Westdale 65.840.9Westdale Road  Dale, Beverley
Brookton Jelcobine 91.8–
92.2
57.0–
57.3
York Williams Road  York, Pingelly, Williams Staggered T-intersections
Brookton 110.068.4Australian state route 40.svgAustralian state route 120.svg Brookton Corrigin Road (State Route 40/State Route 120) east/Australian state route 120.svg Williams Street (State Route 120) south  Beverley, Corrigin, Pingelly, Narrogin Both roads connects to Great Southern Highway. Brookton Highway eastern terminus. T-intersection favouring Brookton Highway which continues as Australian state route 40.svgAustralian state route 120.svg Brookton Corrigin Road to the east

See also

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