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Highway upgrade contract awarded

Major building and civil engineering contractor WBHO Infrastructure has been awarded the contract to upgrade 27km of Great Northern Highway, from Maggie’s Jump Up to Wyndham.

The $56.1 million project was due to start last year but was pushed back, with construction expected to start in April and finish before the end of the year.

A bridge near Kimberley Agricultural Investment’s offices on Weaber Plain Road will also be replaced to increase its load-bearing capacity. 

The reconstruction and realignment of the 6km stretch known as Maggie’s Jump Up will include a new northbound passing lane.

The Federal Government has contributed $44.9 million towards the Wyndham project and the WA Government has added $11.2 million.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said widening the road would create more room for vehicles to pass one another.

“Which is particularly important given the mix of heavy and commuter vehicles using the route,” she said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the Wyndham Spur section of the Great Northern Highway was a key route for the region and the transport industry in the Kimberley.

“It provides the only sealed access to Wyndham and its port,” he said.

“The Australian Government is funding up to 80 per cent of this project under the Northern Australia Roads Program, which is strengthening connections between communities, industries and infrastructure such as ports across northern Australia.”

Source: The Kimberley Echo

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