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Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

$13 Million Worth Of Works For The Pilbara Region

Victor P Taffa

  • $9.7 Million contract awarded to upgrade four bridges in the Pilbara
  • Two new parking bays on Marble Bar Road to improve safety
  • $2.63 Million awarded for six bays on Great Northern Highway

More than $13 Million of road and bridge works will be under way next month in the Pilbara region to improve the State’s road network and bolster safety for regional drivers.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced a suite of works the State Government was funding in the region.

“These works will improve the safety and serviceability of the road network and help accommodate the growing number of heavy vehicles using Pilbara roads.” Mr. Buswell said.

“The Liberal National Government has a strong record in improving the safety of regional roads and this is another good example of that.”

Four key bridges on Great Northern Highway will be upgraded, two new parking bays on Marble Bar Road will be constructed and work will begin soon on six pullover and layover bays on Great Northern Highway.

Structural Systems (Civil) Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to carry out major upgrades on the four bridges between Port Hedland and Pardoo, over Beebingarra Creek, Petermarer Creek, Tabba Tabba Creek and Pardoo Creek.

The Minister said the upgrades were necessary because all four bridges were more than 30 years old and had reached their maximum load capacity. Works will start in June and are estimated to be completed by April 2014.

Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd has been awarded an $800,000 contract to construct two new parking bays for north and south-bound traffic on Marble Bar Road, adjacent to the intersection with Great Northern Highway.

Leighton Contractors will also construct six pullover and layover bays for high wide load convoys on Great Northern Highway between Newman and Port Hedland.

“These bays will improve safety for all road users by providing an opportunity for motorists take rest breaks and also allow truck drivers, who are often travelling long distances, to inspect their vehicles.” Mr. Buswell said.

The works are being jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Fact File

  • The Liberal National Government is funding these road projects
  • Works will be managed by Main Roads Western Australia Pilbara Region
  • In past four years, Liberal National Government has spent $4 Billion on the road network. This is $636 Million more than under last four years of Labor

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