Vital upgrades complete on Great Eastern Highway
SAFETY and productivity will be improved with upgrades between Bullabulling and Coolgardie on the Great Eastern Highway now complete.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $29.6 million and the Western Australian Government $17.5 million towards this essential upgrade.
“The Great Eastern Highway is a major freight route linking Western Australia to the eastern states and a major road linking Perth to the Wheatbelt and Goldfields Esperance regions,” Mr Truss said.
“The road averages around 1,100 vehicles each day and 40 per cent of those are heavy vehicles, which is why it has been a focus for the Australian and Western Australian Governments.”
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson attended today’s official opening and said the works between Bullabulling and Coolgardie represented one of the highest priority sections of the highway that needed upgrading.
“Having travelled this section of Great Eastern Highway frequently I could see how badly these upgrades were needed,” Mr Wilson said.
“The addition of three passing lanes will reduce travel times, improve efficiency for freight movements and create a safer road for travellers.
“Now this project is complete we will be seeking the funds to upgrade the next priority section of Great Eastern Highway.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder commended the contractors for sourcing as much plant, equipment and supplies locally as possible.
“The project also provided employment and training opportunities for about 80 local people, including sub-contractors, over the past 10 months. At the peak of the project, this number reached 140 people,” Mr Nalder said.
Great Eastern Highway is the only direct sealed link between Perth and the Eastern States. Construction between Bullabulling and Coolgardie started in July 2014 and was completed in May 2015.