Stage Two Of Dampier Highway Upgrade To Open By September 2012

Stage Two Of Dampier Highway Upgrade To Open By September 2012

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Dampier Highway Upgrade To Improve Safety

Victor P Taffa

Safety for Dampier and Karratha Road users will be improved with the duplication of a 7.2 km section of Dampier Highway between Balmoral Road West and the Karratha airport turnoff at Bayly Avenue.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said a $42 Million contract for the works had been awarded to the Highway Works Albem Joint Venture. The highway duplication and improvement project is worth a total of $100 Million, and is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments.

“Construction on this important project will begin in March 2011 and I expect it to be completed by September 2012.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Currently, between 9,000 and 12,000 vehicles per day use the Dampier Highway and this level of traffic will increase as activities continue to expand in the Burrup.”

“This Project will greatly enhance safety for these vehicles as well as reduce travel times for commuters.” Mr. Buswell said.

“The Project includes provision of cycle lanes and safer turning layouts at six major intersections and four minor intersections and two sets of traffic signals will be installed at Madigan Road and the Gap Ridge Estate intersections.”

“A New Bridge will be built across Seven Mile Creek parallel to the existing bridge, which will be strengthened and the guard rail modified.”  Mr. Buswell said.

“Cyclists will be catered for with two metre-wide sealed shoulders installed in both directions of the highway and audible edge lines separating the outer carriageway from cyclists.” Mr. Buswell said.

The Minister said the latest contract also included an optional works package for upgrading the next section from the Airport turn-off to Burrup Road, which is subject to Federal environmental approvals.

The Community Reference Group, established in 2009 to ensure the project meets the needs of industry; community and other stakeholders will be briefed on the contract today and will have input throughout the design and construction phase. Consultation with indigenous groups is ongoing to avoid impacting on heritage sites in this national heritage area.

The first stage of works, from Balmoral Road East to Balmoral Road West was completed by Main Roads WA in 2009.

Dampier Highway Upgrade Plan

Dampier Highway Upgrade Plan