Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor Stage 1


Current Status

This $88 million project was officially opened on 10 September 2005, by Geoff Gallop, the Premier at the time and Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.


Facts and Figures

The design and construct contract was awarded to Thiess in September 2003. The first sod was turned in March 2004 and the project officially opened to the public in September 2005 - six months ahead of schedule.

The project incorporated:

    • 13kms of new railway
    • 5.3kms of new road
    • 4 road bridges
    • 2 rail tunnels.

The project used:

    • more than 500,000 man hours
    • 420,000 cubic metres of sand for the coastal works
    • 186,000 cubic metres of pavement
    • 13,000 concrete sleepers and 1,300 tonnes of rail
    • 4,900 metres of guardrail
    • 51,000 limestone blocks in the screen and noise walls – each block weighing 80 kilograms
    • 42 precast trough beams ranging from 12.5-25 metres long and 22-63 tonnes in weight
    • more than 200 kilograms of seed for landscaping a total of 45 hectares.

The project:

    • contributed more than $24 million to the local economy
    • employed more than 70 percent of workers from the local community
    • involved more than 200 local contractors and suppliers
    • completed 41,000 training hours, involving 40 trainees and 6 apprentices.

The Brand interchange:

    • the bridge over the road is 5.8m high, with two spans each 21metres wide
    • the rail bridge spans 12metres and is 6.1metres high.

The Willcock rail tunnel:

    • 150.7 metres long
    • 132 precast arch panels
    • 8 metres high inside
    • walls 300mm thick
    • 1800 square metres of retaining wall
    • 1900 cubic metres of concrete
    • 230 tonnes of steel
    • 280,000 cubic metres of fill over the top – that's what creates the amazing views from the new roads.

The Waverley Street connection:

    • crosses a road bridge and a rail tunnel
    • the road bridge is 7metres high (2 x 21m long spans)
    • the rail tunnel is 27.6 metres long, 14.6 metres wide and 7.5m high.

The Highbury bridge:

    • 6.6 metres high, with 2 x 25m spans and 1 x 20m span
    • caters for an extra rail line as well as Stage 2 roadworks, which runs to the east.

The Public Art:

    • designed by local artists Edmund Stewart and Judy Chapman-Stewart
    • the sails are etched to represent the sun, sea and wind
    • each sail stands 8.4 metres high (sail component 6m)
    • made from stainless steel, each sail weighs 2 tonnes.

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Modified: 03 Sep 2014