Roads funds for up­grade

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three sec­tions of road in WA have been se­lected for up­grades col­lec­tively worth close to $90 mil­lion as part of the North­ern Aus­tralia Roads Pro­gramme.

The up­grades are part of the more than $360 mil­lion in fund­ing an­nounced last week for road im­prove­ments across the coun­try’s north.

In WA, $43.58 mil­lion has been flagged for re­align­ing and re­con­struct­ing Mar­ble Bar Road as it passes through Coon­gan Gorge.

Two sec­tions of the Great North­ern High­way have also been tar­geted, while $24.27 mil­lion will go to­wards widen­ing 18.6km of road on Wyn­d­ham Spur Stage 2 as well as adding 4km of over­lay.

An­other $20.64 mil­lion has been ded­i­cated to­wards con­struct­ing pass­ing lanes and im­prov­ing ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal road align­ments on the high­way sec­tion known as Mag­gie’s Jump Up.

The WA part of the pro­gram is be­ing funded by the Fed­eral and State govern­ments on a 80:20 ra­tio.

Fed­eral Na­tion­als leader and Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce said NARP had been cre­ated to fund pri­or­ity projects for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in North West WA.

“We have a plan to un­lock the po­ten­tial of the north through tar­geted in­vest­ments,” he said.

“It’s es­sen­tial for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ... to have a safe and ef­fi­cient freight net­work.”

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