Section of Marble Bar Road realignment opens to traffic
June 11, 2019
A notoriously dangerous and constricted section of the Marble Bar Road; part of Durack’s road freight network, has been realigned and upgraded and was officially opened to traffic on 6 June.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the full realignment of Marble Bar Road through Coongan Gorge will improve road safety, reduce transport vehicle operating costs and travel times for all road users.
“The Federal Government contributed $43.6 million through the Northern Australia Roads Program to make this project a reality,” she said.
“The upgrade to Marble Bar Road is essential to ongoing economic development and servicing several mining operations and for connecting local communities and several Aboriginal communities in the central Pilbara.
“It also means that a critical community link between Newman and Port Hedland and an alternative route to the Great Northern Highway is maintained.
“The stretch through the gorge was narrow and winding with steep descents and a 40 kilometre an hour speed limit, it is now realigned and upgraded to 110 kilometres an hour,” said Ms Price.
Part of these works included the upgrade of the Limestone Road-Marble Bar intersection.
Upgrade works to the four-kilometre stretch of road included the construction of culverts and off-road drainage and the installation of safety barriers, signs, pavement markings, guideposts and pastoral fencing and supported at least 230 jobs during the project.