Dongara-Geraldton- Northampton Route

Planning a future road corridor between Dongara, Geraldton and Northampton to address long term freight requirements and alleviate pressure on existing roads.
Regional road near hills and fields

Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway currently form the coastal freight route between Perth and the North West of Western Australia, linking the major population centres of Perth, Geraldton, Carnarvon and Karratha.

As the Mid West region and Geraldton grows, traffic volumes will increase and safety will continue to be a focus for future roads.

Over the long term, we are seeking to provide a safe and efficient route to a standard appropriate for inclusion on the national highway network. In achieving this, we will address a range of concerns including:

  • the mix of traffic and access requirements;
  • road alignments passing through townsites;
  • sections of poor horizontal and vertical geometry;
  • flooding, environmental and heritage considerations; and
  • property and community impacts.

To address these issues, we are undertaking a road planning study to identify land suitable for further investigation to accommodate a high standard, free-flowing route for regional and freight traffic that minimises conflict with local traffic in Geraldton city and other built-up areas. This study co-ordinates previous planning activities around Geraldton.

What’s planned

In October 2020 we began consulting with the community and other stakeholders to gain feedback on a preferred single corridor for further investigation.

Letters were sent to property owners within or adjacent to the preferred corridor offering one-on-one meetings. We also opened an online survey through My Say Transport, which closed on 31 March 2021, and organised meetings with specific interest groups including business, environmental and heavy vehicle operators.

Throughout this process, we have met with more than 40 property owners and this one-on-one engagement will continue throughout the planning process.

The feedback received during this engagement, in conjunction with the survey responses, has been carefully considered and analysed. It has also informed additional, ongoing investigations into potential amendments to the preferred road corridor between Dongara and Geraldton.

If these investigations recommend feasible changes to the southern section, we will need to engage with additional landowners. This may take some time, but we will keep you informed as we progress.

Once our investigations are complete, we will update our Alignment Selection Report to reflect the final preferred road corridor and ask local and State Government to endorse the recommendation.

We will then seek to include the corridor in strategic statutory planning documentation to provide landowners with greater certainty on future plans.

We will also progress the Alignment Definition phase of the planning study to determine the exact location and configuration of the final road within the corridor. This will consider, in greater detail, issues such as local road connections and cross-corridor access. It will also require detailed environmental and geotechnical investigations, ground surveys and ongoing engagement with affected landowners and stakeholders.

Timeline
  • Early-2015: Alignment selection study gets underway to select a preferred corridor
  • Late-2015: Consultation Round 1
  • 2016-21: Analysis of feedback, further stakeholder engagement and planning assessments considering changing economic and planning context
  • 2020: Consultation Round 2 
  • 2021: Recommend a preferred corridor to WA Planning Commission and local government for endorsement and inclusion in strategic planning documents. Alignment Definition Study gets underway to define route

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