L-R: Chris Raykos, Hon. Mark Lewis, Hon. Jim Chown MLC, Cr. Tracey Rathbone, Hon. Rick Wilson, Dr. Graham Jacobs.
An opening ceremony was held on 22 May 2015. The ceremony was attended by State and Federal Government and Shire of Coolgardie representatives.
This $27 million (construction cost) project involves the overlay, widening and reconstruction of this route, which forms part of the Perth-Adelaide National Highway and provides the only direct sealed link between Perth and the eastern states.
This $27 million project involved the overlay, widening and reconstruction of this route, which forms part of the Perth-Adelaide National Highway and provides the only direct sealed link between Perth and the eastern states.
The upgrade includes:
The upgraded highway has been widened to a 9.0m seal width including 1.0m sealed shoulders and 1.0m unsealed shoulders to improve safety.
Great Eastern Highway is a major link in the Regional Road Network, providing access between Perth and Kalgoorlie. It is a key route for vehicles accessing the eastern Wheatbelt and the eastern Goldfields.
The section between Bullabulling and Coolgardie carries up to 2,000 vehicles a day, with an average of 41 per cent heavy vehicles including 17 per cent road trains.
As a National Highway and major freight route, the standard of the road is below that required for a road of this status and requires upgrading to meet increased traffic demand and varying vehicle composition.
This section is also part of the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail and one of the main routes travellers crossing the Nullarbor use to access Eyre Highway.
Widening and realigning this section of the highway will allow the community, transport and mining companies to access Kalgoorlie Boulder, the Eyre Highway and the eastern Wheatbelt area efficiently and safely.
It will provide a safer environment for all road users by providing more separation between vehicles and improved shoulders.
The construction of three passing lanes will reduce road user frustration by providing them with more overtaking opportunities through this section.
This project will also improve transport and economic efficiency and reduce the requirements for routine and specific maintenance.