Joint statement - Safety improvements for the Great Northern Highway

The Australian and Western Australian governments are getting on with delivering world class infrastructure with detailed planning now underway for the $384 million upgrade of the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said upgrades to the Great Northern Highway will include realignment and widening of the highway, upgraded intersections and additional overtaking lanes.

“The planning review will be conducted over nine months to develop a revised upgrade strategy for the 218 kilometre corridor, with design and construction packages to be awarded and delivered over the following four years from 2015-2016 to 2018-2019,” Mr Briggs said.

“The review will identify priority upgrades to ensure we improve driver safety and the economic performance of the highway so freight can be delivered more quickly and efficiently at less cost to industry.

“The Australian Government has provided $307.8 million towards the review and construction works, with a further $28 million for similar work on the 11km Bindi Bindi curves section.”

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said this section of highway is a vital link in the National Land Transport Network for transport of equipment and supplies to the resources industry in the Pilbara and the north.

“As a vital corridor for the State’s resources industry, this section of highway between Muchea and Wubin, is notorious as one of our State’s most dangerous stretches of roads and is in desperate need of upgrading,” Mr Porter said.

“In the lead up to the 2013 election I worked hard to secure funding to this project and ensure a safer and more efficient highway for my electorate.

“I am pleased the Australian and State governments have joined together on this project, which will deliver strong economic benefits for the people of my electorate and Western Australia more broadly.”

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the Western Australian Government has contributed $77 million toward the overall upgrade and $7 million for the Bindi Bindi upgrade, improving conditions on one of the State’s most important highways.

“This highway is Australia’s longest, providing an important link between our resource-rich regions in the north and our export ports in the south,” Mr Nalder said.

“Main Roads has already identified an area of high priority, which is the 21km section from Batty Bog Road to Walebing. Construction of this section started in September 2014 and is due for completion by early 2016.

“Engagement with local government and the freight industry has commenced and a series of community meetings to give locals an opportunity to raise any questions about the project will be held in November.”