Shire up­grades windy road

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Dan­dara­gan Shire has spent $1 mil­lion up­grad­ing Jurien East Road to ac­com­mo­date trucks cart­ing agri­cul­tural lime.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Not­tle said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment com­pleted the up­grade to 7km of road in 2016-17 and a sec­ond 4km stretch was due to be up­graded this cur­rent fi­nan­cial year for $700,000.

“Most of the freight route from the lime quarry in Sandy Cape is cur­rently no wider than 6.5m,” he said.

“The job of broad­en­ing and seal­ing it to a width of 8m has al­ready be­gun, led by a Shire crew as­sisted by lo­cal con­trac­tors.”

Mr Not­tle said lime sand was a vi­tal in­gre­di­ent of Wheat­belt farm­ing when reg­u­larly ap­plied to acid soils but get­ting ton­nages to farm­ers had put a strain on the road.

“The Jurien East Road project will al­low heavy ve­hi­cles to pass each other more safely when cart­ing to and from prop­er­ties in Dan­dara­gan and other shires of Dal­wallinu, Won­gan-Bal­lidu, Moora and Coorow,” he said.

“Shire of Dan­dara­gan wants the up­grade to be part of a new se­condary freight route through the Wheat­belt’s 40 shires.”

Mr Not­tle said Dan­dara­gan Shire was hop­ing for Fed­eral fund­ing to com­plete the project.

He said Coun­cil­lor Wayne Gib­son was work­ing to se­cure more through the Wheat­belt North Re­gional Road Group, and win­ning sup­port from the Wheat­belt South Re­gional Road Group, Main Roads WA and WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We’ve got all the right peo­ple on­side in the bush — we just need for it to come to­gether,” Cr Gib­son said.

Dan­dara­gan Shire en­gi­neer Gar­rick Yan­dle said widen­ing the road made pass­ing safer.

“Jurien East Road is quite hilly and windy, it’s got a nar­row seal and you’ve got blind cor­ners,” he said. “It’s a school bus route and com­monly used by tourists.”

Pic­ture: Shire of Dan­dara­gan

Cr Wayne Gib­son and Dan­dara­gan shire en­gi­neer Gar­rick Yan­dle.

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