Last Unsealed Section Of Goldfields Highway To Be Completed

Last Unsealed Section Of Goldfields Highway To Be Completed

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Western Australia Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

Wiluna To Meekatharra Highway Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

  • Last unsealed section of the Goldfields Highway to be completed
  • Made possible by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program

The last unsealed section of the Goldfields Highway will finally see essential works undertaken, thanks to $60 Million Royalties for Regions investment and collaboration between local shires, regional development commissions and the Liberal National Government.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the collaboration between the shires of Meekatharra and Wiluna, Main Roads Western Australia and the Mid West and Goldfields-Esperance development commissions showed the way forward for regional development.

 

“By working together, the parties have been able to reach an agreement on a low-cost solution that includes design standards and a partnership delivery model to enable the highway to be sealed within a short timeframe.” Mr. Redman said.

“This approach will allow the sealing to be completed by the shires for a reduced cost and provide flow-on benefits for local communities during and post construction.”

The Sealing Goldfields Highway project will see the 180 km of road between Wiluna and Meekatharra sealed, greatly improving local accessibility, freight and economic opportunities in the region.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said sealing the Wiluna to Meekatharra section would reduce the travel distance to the Pilbara region by almost 140 km when compared with the distance via the Mount Magnet to Leinster Road, which was currently the shortest sealed road route.

“This distance saving will provide significant benefits for local and regional economies, particularly the resource, heavy transport and freight industries.” Mr. Nalder said.

 

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fact File

  • Direct sealed route between the Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara regions to provide regional and freight traffic benefits
  • Project will seal the final 124 km of the 180 km highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra
  • In 2005, 15 km west of Wiluna was sealed to a width of 8 metres
  • In 2012, the State Government allocated $10 Million of Royalties for Regions funding, matched by Main Roads’ State Capital funds, enabling another 21 km of road to be sealed
  • Project is a priority identified in the Mid West and Goldfields Esperance Regional Blueprints