Mining Company Contributes To Road Upgrade

Mining Company Contributes To Road Upgrade

Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien

Sealing Works Under Way On Marble Bar Road

Victor P Taffa

The condition of Marble Bar Road will be significantly improved with sealing works currently under way North of Newman.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien announced that Boral Asphalt is currently undertaking a $946,641 contract to carry out improvement works on Marble Bar Road in the Pilbara, between Newman and Roy Hill Station.

“These works are necessary as they are taking place on an important link to the Eastern Pilbara and will not only improve the existing condition of the road, making it safer and improving comfort for drivers but also reduce ongoing maintenance costs.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Importantly, it will also address dust problems a major safety concern on unsealed roads.”

“This section of Marble Bar Road is being used increasingly by heavy vehicles servicing the mining industry, so it is strategically important as well.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The improvement works involve spraying a low-cost 14 mm road aggregate seal along various sections of the road totalling about 33 km.

“This innovative low-cost road seal provides a 10 to 15-year design life by utilising the existing road formation and undertaking minimal geometric and drainage improvements.” the Minister said.

In recognition of its dependence on this road, Chichester Metals Ltd (Fortescue) has agreed to make an ‘in kind’ contribution to upgrade various sections between Jigalong turnoff and Fortescue Bridge, through the provision of Plant, Equipment, Personnel and Accommodation at no cost to Main Roads.

“This is a great example of how co-operation between the public and private sector can stretch the road dollar further to address community concerns about road safety.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.