Transport Minister Murray Criddle said today the Commonwealth’s decision to fund the Dalwallinu heavy vehicle route was good news for the Northern Wheatbelt, and in particular the Dalwallinu community.
“This project will allow heavy vehicles to bypass the Dalwallinu town site, reduce congestion and allow an upgrade of community facilities in the main street,” Mr Criddle said.
“This funding will assist the Shire of Dalwallinu, community and businesses in the town to accelerate plans to beautify the town’s shopping and commercial precinct.”
Acting Prime Minister and Federal Transport Minister John Anderson, announced in Geraldton that the Commonwealth would provide $2.65 million to construct the bypass and a further $1 million for a study into further improvements to Great Northern Highway between Miling and Wubin.
“Main Roads will begin pre-construction work for the Dalwallinu bypass within the next few weeks,” Mr Criddle said.
“Because of restrictions brought about by winter weather conditions, the major construction program will begin in August and will be completed by Christmas, 2001.
“The study into improvements to the Miling to Wubin section of Great Northern Highway can begin fairly soon once Main Roads takes on a consultant to perform the investigation.
“The proposed improvements so far include increasing the highway’s seal width for nearly 70 kms to enable triple road trains to travel onto Miling before breaking down into smaller units for the leg into Perth.
“This will provide substantial savings to the transport industry,” he said.
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