Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack
Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
Marble Bar Road Realignment Officially Opens To Traffic
Victor P Taffa
- Notoriously dangerous section of Marble Bar Road realigned and upgraded
- Improved safety and efficiency for traffic, including road trains travelling through the central Pilbara region
- Intersection improvements at Limestone Road / Marble Bar Road
- Full realignment of Marble Bar Road through Coongan Gorge is now open to traffic, fixing a dangerous and constricted section of Western Australia’s road freight network.
$54 Million project was jointly funded by:
- Commonwealth (80 %),
- State Government (20 %).
“Marble Bar Road is an important route for both the local community and mining industry in the Pilbara, used by mining companies in the East Pilbara to access Port Hedland for export.” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.
MACA Civil Pty Ltd was awarded the contract to realign and reconstruct the 4 km section of road and commenced works in July 2018.
“Several hundred heavy vehicles use this section of road on a daily basis, along with passenger vehicles traveling between local communities and towns.” Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Drivers were previously required to negotiate narrow lanes, tight curves and restrictive sight lines, not to mention speed limits as low as 40 km/h.”
Upgrade works also included the construction of culverts and off-road drainage and the installation of safety barriers, signs, pavement markings, guideposts and pastoral fencing.
This section of Marble Bar Road services several mining operations and local communities between Newman, Nullagine, Marble Bar, Port Hedland and several Aboriginal communities.
Realignment of Marble Bar Road through Coongan Gorge will significantly improve road safety, reduce transport vehicle operating costs and travel times for all road users making their way through the region.
“Upgrade to Marble Bar Road is essential to ongoing economic development and for connecting local communities in the central Pilbara region.” Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said.
Limestone Road-Marble Bar Road intersection was also upgraded as part of these works.
“This upgrade to Marble Bar Road will improve safety and connectivity for tourism, industry, and the inland Pilbara community.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said.
Project team faced some challenges through the delivery phase with unseasonably dry weather affecting water supplies for the project followed by Tropical Cyclone Veronica bringing record rainfall to the region.