- Upgrade to create about 100 jobs
- Design and engineering work underway
- Fixing dangerous regional roads is one of the McGowan Government's top priorities
The McGowan Labor Government has delivered funding for a key Kalgoorlie election commitment to make Great Eastern Highway between Anzac Drive and Gatacre Drive a dual carriageway.
Premier Mark McGowan and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited the stretch of road today to examine the scale of works proposed for the essential upgrade.
Forming the gateway to the Goldfields, the road is the only section within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder that is not a dual carriageway.
The $14 million project will create about 100 jobs with design and engineering work, on the upgrades, currently underway with Main Roads Western Australia.
Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018-19 with the upgrades to be completed by June 2019.
Works will include improved drainage to carry water to an open channel and away from the highway via pipes beneath the road surface.
The upgrade will improve both safety and accessibility for about 8,000 vehicles that use this section of Great Eastern Highway every day, 15 per cent of these are heavy vehicles, some as long as 53.5 metres.
This funding is a key pillar of the McGowan Government's Plan for the Goldfields, to create more regional job opportunities and make regional roads safer.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Creating a dual carriageway between Gatacre Drive and Anzac Drive will make the road safer for the 8,000 vehicles that use it every day and will create almost 100 jobs.
"One of my Government's top priorities is fixing regional roads. In the 2017-18 State Budget, we included a 20 per cent increase to funding for regional roads.
"We are focused on delivering our election commitments and creating regional job opportunities for the Goldfields."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This section has been an issue for locals with recent flooding events affecting businesses in the area; it's great to see a better drainage system incorporated into the design work.
"The upgrade is another demonstration of the McGowan Labor Government's ongoing support to drive growth in the Goldfields.
"This Government is investing in job-creating projects that will grow and diversify the economy; improving accessibility and safety to and from the area will help attract people to the Goldfields."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"I'm proud to have been able to secure funding for this important road upgrade, which will improve access and safety for heavy vehicles servicing commercial properties fronting the highway.
"The heavy transport industry considers the dual carriageway vital to the safe movement of traffic on this section and we have listened to their concerns.
"This project is integral for road users, business operators, residents and visitors to this hub of mining activity within the State."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
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Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500