Manuwarra Red Dog Highway
Karratha to Tom Price
We are sealing a section of Roebourne-Wittenoom Road, recently renamed Manuwarra Red Dog Highway and previously known locally as Karratha-Tom Price Road to reduce travel times and improve safety.
Three stages are complete with one final stage remaining.The fourth and final stage is a 108 kilometre section from the Rio Tinto rail crossing to Nanutarra-Munjina Road on new alignment following the Rio Tinto rail line through some very rugged terrain.
The project has a strong focus on creating regional employment and opportunities for local businesses, including Aboriginal companies.
Project development will shortly start for Stage 4, with construction expected to start in late-2022.
We are working with key stakeholders to inform the design process, optimise construction material usage and explore opportunities for participation with Aboriginal groups and mining companies for positive outcomes to all communities and industry along the corridor.
- Road interface with FMG rail bridge agreed
- Corridor selected near Hamersley Homestead in consultation with Eastern Guruma traditional owners.
- Road will be on the western side of the existing rail line
- Road to accommodate RAV10 vehicles.
- Environmental surveys in the Hamersley Range.
- Targeted Aboriginal Heritage Surveys focusing on river crossing locations
- Hydrological investigations
- Geotechnical investigations
We are in the select phase of planning for Stage 4. Underpinned by sustainability, this phase includes the development of objectives and targets which will be embedded into project delivery and procurement processes.
Key outcomes of this phase will include maximising social and cultural opportunities, sustainable use of recycled materials, existing infrastructure and land use and providing a resilient ‘Pilbara proof’ asset.Tasks underway to meet these outcomes include:
- Legacy and innovation
- Sustainability management and leadership.
To understand possible sustainable, positive legacy outcomes, we continue to seek input from stakeholders.
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders to ensure their input is considered during the design, whilst providing value-for-money outcomes.
We will engage with the wider communities of Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Roebourne and Karratha to ensure the project leaves a positive legacy to the Pilbara. Timely communications and ongoing liaison will continue throughout the life of the project.
Minimising the environmental footprint
A Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken to identify any environmental factors that may be impacted by the Stage 4 road alignment. A vegetation, flora and fauna survey has also been undertaken. Results of these surveys will help determine what can be done to avoid or minimise environmental impacts, after which a referral will be sent to WA Environmental Protection Authority and Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment for their assessment.
Incorporating and managing cultural heritage
Stage 4 is located within Yindjibarndi-Ngarluma and Eastern Guruma country, with many areas of great significance to local Aboriginal people, including Hamersley Range, Fortescue River, Weelamurra Creek and Hamersley Homestead.
We have been working with Yindjibarndi-Ngarluma and Eastern Guruma representative groups to understand cultural and social implications of the project, aiming for a positive and respectful relationship throughout the project lifecycle.
Heritage surveys are being organised to identify cultural and heritage sites to inform the road alignment design to minimise or avoid impacts.Stage 4 Aboriginal procurement and employment targets are being finalised.
- Stage 3: Targets set for Aboriginal employment (13 per cent, including 5 per cent locals) and a 15 per cent target with a total contract spend on local Aboriginal Businesses of 5 per cent.
- Improve access to the popular Millstream Chichester National Park and Karijini National Park, helping boost tourist traffic in the heart of the Pilbara
- Travel time saving of over two and a half hours compared to the alternative sealed route
- Improved connectivity between Karratha, Roebourne, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Newman
- Improved safety
- Better access to hospitals and medical services, local businesses, shopping and service centres
- Reduced maintenance and travel costs
- Improved regional tourism opportunities
- More reliable journeys by reducing road closures, particularly during winter
- October 2019: Stage 3 construction started
- September 2020: Stage 3 construction complete
- Late 2021: Stage 4 development work finishes
- Late 2022: Stage 4 construction starts
Project and construction updates
- Project Update - September 2020 - PDF (736 KB)
- Stage 3 Project Update - April 2020- PDF (832 KB)
- Stage 3 Project Update - November 2019 - PDF (695 KB)
The State and Federal Government have committed a total of $310 million to enable the completion of the final two stages.
Third stage of upgrades to Manuwarra Red Dog Highway now complete - 2 September 2020
Karratha-Tom Price Road officially named Manawurra Red Dog Highway - 2 September 2020