Great Northern Highway Realignment and Wallwork Road Bridge

Port Hedland

We realigned Great Northern Highway around the Wedgefield industrial area in Port Hedland, which was officially opened on 23 July 2014 by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls.

This project will deliver many benefits to the Port Hedland community, including:

  • Reduced road train incidents with local traffic;
  • Improved road safety;
  • Improved access to new port and harbour areas; and
  • Improved traffic flows between Port and South Hedland.

We are also developing an Intelligent Transport System for the rear of Wedgefield. This will include an early warning for road train operators approaching the intersection of the new highway with Pinga Street, to minimise the need for emergency braking.

The realignment project was jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments.



The concept for the realignment project was developed in close consultation with local industry, stakeholders and the community.

The scope included:

  • Approximately 8 km of new road;
  • A major interchange at the Broome turn-off, enabling uninterrupted flow for local traffic over Great Northern Highway;
  • New at-grade intersection with Utah Point Road to provide access to the western port area;
  • New link to South Hedland (Hamilton Road);
  • A cultural interpretative bay overlooking the rear of the harbour;
  • New road bridge over the BHP rail line;
  • Two new low level bridges over South Creek;
  • New road embankment across low lying areas;
  • Associated drainage, including culverts, to maintain tidal flows;
  • Access to Wedgefield industrial area via a new connection to Pinga Street north;
  • Access to the port's proposed area of development to the north of Wedgefield, where BHP reclaimed dredged spoil has been deposited;
  • Access to Landcorp's proposed area of development to the east of Wedgefield; and
  • Public art and landscaping.

In mid-2013, at the request of the Town of Port Hedland, the new Wallwork Bridge was also added to the project.



For the latest photos and traffic updates, please visit our project's Google+ Community Site. Please note, this site is graphic intensive and occasionally can take a while to load.


Modified: 26 Feb 2018