Highway upgrades welcomed
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.