New milestone for Great Northern Highway upgrade
June 11, 2019
Road users on Great Northern Highway are set to benefit with a major milestone on the Muchea to Wubin upgrade, officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and the Hon Rita Saffioti WA Minister for Transport; Planning, on 5 June.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the upgrades will allow reduced travel times; improved safety; and improved traffic flow.
“These upgrades are part of a long-term vision to improve efficiency and road safety on one of Durack’s – and Western Australia’s – most important freight corridors,” she said.
“The two sections that have been completed are the Miling Bypass and Pithara sections.
“The scope of works on these sections included sealing works, overtaking lanes and upgrades to existing intersections to meet current design standards for safety and efficiency,” said Ms Price.
The Miling Bypass provides nearly nine kilometres of new highway, including two overtaking lanes and the realignment of 2.5 kilometres of side roads.
The opening of the eastern bypass of the Miling town site has improved road safety by directing road trains and high wide loads away from the town centre and local primary school.
The Pithara project is now in its final stage of completion, with the majority of works opened to traffic. The project provides 10 kilometres of new road and has seen a further six kilometres of Great Northern Highway widened.
The upgrade also included two new overtaking lanes, new bus bays in Pithara and modifications to local roads to ensure safety for both local and highway traffic.
“The Muchea to Wubin upgrade is improving an important link between Perth and the State’s north and complements the Northlink WA project,” Ms Price said.
The project includes upgrading eight priority sections of the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin, including pre-construction works for the proposed Bindoon Bypass, which is now fully funded.
The Australian Government committed $275.8 million towards the $344.75 million upgrade and the Western Australian Government committed the remaining funding. The two projects support 1,600 jobs.
The Australian Government is committed to delivering jobs, productivity improvements and economic growth to all Australians and is investing $100 billion in key infrastructure projects across Australia to achieve this end.