Roads funds for upgrade
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.”