High­way up­grades wel­comed

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Clare Kenyon

Up­grades to the Great East­ern High­way and Carins Road in­ter­sec­tion were com­pleted last week, to the de­light of the Cool­gar­die Shire.

The in­ter­sec­tion, pass­ing lanes and one kilo­me­tre of road have now been im­proved, al­low­ing traf­fic to pass when heavy ve­hi­cles turn into Carins Road.

It took three years of lob­by­ing State and Fed­eral MPs, and var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, such as Main Roads, to se­cure the re­quired fund­ing.

Shire pres­i­dent Mal­colm Cullen said the up­grades would make a big dif­fer­ence to pass­ing traf­fic.

“On busy pe­ri­ods we have up to 2000 ve­hi­cles a day, with 40 per cent of those be­ing heavy ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“The in­stal­la­tion of the new in­ter­sec­tion will have both en­try and exit points off the traf­fic lane, so it will give traf­fic a lot more free­dom to move out of the way of trucks.

“It makes the road much safer for large vol­umes of ve­hi­cles on the high­way.”

Mr Cullen said the Shire felt a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion that the works had fi­nally come to fruition after 10 years of quad road trains us­ing the in­ter­sec­tion.

The Shire is or­gan­is­ing an of­fi­cial open­ing in the new year.

Ma­jor up­grades be­tween Bul­lab­ulling and Cool­gar­die are on track to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary.

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