- $3.5 million of major intersection works now complete
- Project created an estimated 40 jobs during construction
- Transport Minister inspects one of Australia's biggest road trains
The Liberal National Government continues to improve safety and productivity with the realignment of the Great Northern Highway at the intersection of North West Coastal Highway in the Pilbara.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion visited the project site today, located 41 kilometres south of Port Hedland.
"This project has realigned the intersection to give vehicles on Great Northern Highway priority and includes the installation of turning pockets and acceleration lanes," he said.
"These works will improve safety and efficiency at this intersection, which accommodates about 1,440 heavy vehicles a day.
"The $3.5 million project also generated up to 40 jobs during construction."
The project was jointly funded by the Australian and State governments under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
While in the North-West, the Minister inspected one of 23 new 60-metre super quad road trains - the biggest road trains in Australia - which are currently operating in the Pilbara.
"These road trains will result in fewer road train movements on the Pilbara road network, and the productivity and efficiency benefits reported by the participating companies are significant, with payload increases of between 25 and 30 tonnes," Mr Marmion said.
"In late 2015, Main Roads Western Australia partnered with the transport industry to trial higher productivity 60-metre quad road trains. The trial was successfully completed in June 2016 involving about 12 vehicles."
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the on-road performance of the 60-metre super quad road train matched or exceeded stringent safety and operational requirements.
"The new road trains are fitted with devices to ensure drivers do not deviate from the approved route or exceed 90kmh," Ms Harvey said.
- An average 2,220 vehicles per day use the intersection at Great Northern and North West Coastal highways - about 65% (1,440) are heavy haulage vehicles
- The intersection upgrade complements $1.8 million of recently completed work at the intersection of Great Northern Highway and Marble Bar Road
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