Work to start on next stage of Great Northern Highway Upgrade
Posted on Friday, 2 December 2005
The next stage of the Australian Government’s plan to upgrade the Great Northern Highway north of Perth is about to start, Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today.
The Government has committed $21.2 million to widen and rehabilitate the highway from Lennard Street to Muchea and a further $65.1 million to a range of improvements, including 13 overtaking lanes that address safety, on the Muchea-Wubin link.
“This is a massive investment that will see a significant improvement in about 250 kilometres of the Great Northern Highway and support further development in the Swan Valley corridor,” Ms Moylan said.
“The section from Rutland Road, Bullsbrook, to the Shire of Swan’s northern boundary was completed in June and all landscaping is now in place. That work cost the Australian Government $5.57 million.
“The contract for the highway improvements over three kilometres between Stock Road and Ki-it Brook, near Bullsbrook, was let to Brierty Contractors in May, while tenders for the Apple Street to Warbrook Road section will be awarded shortly and construction is planned to commence later this month. Both projects will be completed by June 2006 and, together, will cost almost $10 million.
Ms Moylan said Main Roads Western Australia was still preparing plans for the Lennard Street to Apple Street section.
This work should result in fewer crashes and reduced driver frustration at being stuck behind slow-moving heavy vehicles once all works are completed.
“This section of the Great Northern Highway demands high driver concentration and the ‘unforgiving’ road environment contributes to an above average crash rate,” she said.
“Crash statistics for this section of the highway reveal that a quarter of all recorded crashes can be attributed to passing manoeuvres and three per cent to head-on collisions. New passing lanes, combined with general road widening and upgrading, means travel times will come down and driving conditions will be less of a hassle,” Ms Moylan said.