$18.41 million for essential upgrades to Northam-Pithara Road
Enhancements to improve the condition of about 25 kilometres of road
Part of the State Government's $600 million Growing our South initiative
The Liberal National Government has announced today that the Northam-Pithara Road will receive essential upgrades thanks to an $18.41 million investment through Royalties for Regions. These funds will supplement a $4.05 million allocation that was announced earlier this year under the Commonwealth's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
The project will improve the condition of about 25 kilometres in key sections of the road between the Great Eastern and Great Northern highways.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the upgrades would significantly improve road safety and generate jobs.
"This project is another part of the State Government's infrastructure development plan which is committed to providing jobs now and into the future for West Australians," Mr Marmion said.
"The road carries intra-regional traffic including a mix of heavy and passenger vehicles, and the upgrades will enable businesses to utilise 36.5 metre road train combinations to transfer freight between the State's north and east without traversing the metropolitan region.
"The majority of the road is on the Restricted Access Vehicle 7 network, with the exception of the Ballidu to Pithara section (23 kilometres) at the northern end and the southern section between Southern Brook Road and the Great Eastern Highway (2.34 kilometres).
"Currently, vehicles are required to breakdown loads into 27.5 metre combinations at Northam prior to continuing on Great Eastern Highway to Perth and then north."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the investment would enhance key economic infrastructure in the Wheatbelt and provide greater access across the State, and significantly improve road safety.
"The Northam-Pithara Road is heavily used by freight vehicles, local, regional and tourist traffic traveling between the Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions," Mr Redman said.
"These upgrades will provide opportunities for economic development and private investment as a result of shorter and more efficient travel times."
Transport Minister's office - 6552 6800
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