A 107 kilometre upgrade of the North West Coastal Highway between Mia Mia and Barradale will begin next month.
The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, and Western Australian Transport Minister, Dean Nalder, today announced that a design and construct contract for $69 million had been awarded to Brierty Bocol Joint Venture (BBJV) to carry out the upgrades.
The project is the second stage of a $217.9 million upgrade for North West Coastal Highway, of which the Australian Government is providing $174 million and the State is contributing $44 million.
Mr Briggs said the Australian Government's significant financial contribution to the project recognised the importance of North West Coastal Highway to Australia's economic growth.
"The upgrades will boost economic growth and performance in the mining, oil, gas and tourism industries, as the highway is the main link between Geraldton, Carnarvon, Karratha, Port Hedland and beyond," Mr Briggs said.
"This section of highway carries about 500 vehicles every day with more than 37 per cent being heavy vehicles, and this number is expected to grow in the years ahead.
"This project will improve the efficiency and safety of freight transport in north Western Australia, as well as provide improved access for regional communities."
Mr Nalder said Stage 2 of the North West Coastal Highway upgrades would enhance work already being undertaken south of Mia Mia as part of Stage 1 works announced in November 2014.
"This section of road will be reconstructed, widened and resurfaced between Mia Mia, in the Shire of Carnarvon, and Barradale, in the Shire of Ashburton, two passing lanes will be built to provide more overtaking opportunities and two all-weather bridge crossings will be constructed at Cave and Goodeman Creeks," Mr Nalder said.
"The upgraded highway, as well as the new bridge crossings located between Barradale and Nanutarra, will improve the reliability and efficiency of freight movements and reduce the freight costs to resource operations and communities throughout the region associated with frequent closures."
Design work for Stage 2 will start immediately and investigation work to verify gravel sources will be undertaken this month.
Road construction is expected to start in March 2015 and will take two years to complete.
WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400