Goldfields Highway Upgrade

Goldfields Highway (Wiluna to Meekatharra Sealing)

 

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The last unsealed section of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra will be sealed, following the announcement of a $60 million Royalties for Regions investment and a collaboration between local government, regional development and the State Government.

The collaborative approach to the work means it will be possible to seal the highway to an agreed standard using a partnership delivery model to complete the work within a short timeframe.

This approach will provide flow-on benefits for local communities during and post construction, through the engagement of local and regional suppliers during the project.

The Goldfields Highway sealing project will see the 180 kilometres of road between Wiluna and Meekatharra sealed, greatly improving local accessibility, freight and economic opportunities in the region.

Sealing this section will reduce the travel distance to the Pilbara region by almost 140km when compared with the distance via the Mount Magnet to Leinster Road, which has previously been the shortest sealed road route.

Works are planned to commence in 2017/18 and delivered over a three-year period.

 
Background

Goldfields Highway is a state highway that extends almost 800km from south of Kambalda in the Goldfields to Meekatharra in the State's Mid West. The section between Wiluna and Meekatharra is 180km in length, and is an important east-west transport link between the Northern Goldfields and the Mid West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions.

The highway is an important piece of infrastructure in facilitating connectivity between the regions, and aiding resource and mining development.  The proposal to seal the road was considered in the recent PortLink Planning Study that was undertaken to review the feasibility of upgrading transport infrastructure in the Goldfields and Mid West regions.

 

Project History
  • Project is a priority identified in the Mid West and Goldfields Esperance Regional Blueprints. 
  • In 2012, the State Government allocated $10 million of Royalties for Regions funding, matched by Main Roads' State Capital funds, enabling another 21km of road to be sealed.
  • In April 2013, the then Minister for Transport Troy Buswell, and the then Minister for Regional Development Brendan Grylls jointly announced that Safelinks Program Alliance (Maca Civil / AECOM) had been nominated as the preferred proponent to form an alliance with Main Roads to deliver the upgrade works on Goldfields Highway, as well as further works on Wubin-Mullewa Road. The construction works commenced in late 2013 and were finalised in mid-2014.

 

Benefits

There are several benefits that will occur as a result of this sealing project, including:

  • Greatly improved local accessibility, freight and economic opportunities in the region.
  • Reduction in the travel distance to the Pilbara region of almost 140km when compared with the distance via the Mount Magnet to Leinster Road (currently the shortest sealed road route).
  • Reduced frequency of closures due to flooding. In its current form this section of highway is subject to regular closures due to rainfall. The gravel surface suffers rapid deterioration during wet weather and results in an unreliable link, which in turn is facing increasing demand.
  • Improved safety and visibility due to less dust generated by traffic. As an unsealed road the overtaking of slow moving heavy vehicles, including road trains, has proved extremely hazardous.

 

Publications

Mid West and Goldfields Esperance Regional Blueprints

 

Further Information

We welcome any queries from the community. If you would like further information, please contact:
Maria Trethewey
Goldfields-Esperance Region
Phone: (08) 9080 1400 

 

 

Modified: 26 Aug 2016