Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Community Input Sought On Kununurra Heavy Vehicle Route
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government is seeking community input on the preliminary design for the proposed Kununurra Heavy Vehicle Route Stage One.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said Main Roads WA had progressed most of the preconstruction activities for the route, from Victoria Highway (West of the Kununurra Town Site) to Weaber Plain Road (North of the Town Site), and sought the views of residents and business people by July 28.
“A newsletter has been distributed throughout Kununurra and plans for the road will be on display at the Kununurra Agricultural Show on July 9 and 10.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“We are asking for community input into the project before we finalise the preliminary design.”
“Proposed works include about 10 Kilometres of new Road Alignment and a 480-Metre Bridge over the Ord River, all costing about $140 Million.
“The new link forms Stage One of the ultimate Kununurra Heavy Vehicle Route, which will remove all heavy haulage permit vehicles and the majority of other vehicles from the existing crossing of the Ord River on the Kununurra Diversion Dam.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Minister said other benefits would include:
- Efficiency increases for heavy, high and wide loads that service agriculture, defence and mining activities while travelling through the Kimberley;
- Improve the link between the ports of Wyndham, Darwin and the East Kimberley, including access for the Ord River Irrigation Area expansion (Stage Two);
- Employment, training and development opportunities for local and indigenous people during the project’s delivery phase.
Stage Two of the project commences at Weaber Plain Road and finishes at the Victoria Highway, East of Kununurra Town Site, and includes a new 16 Km Road linking into Stage One.