Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA
Goldfields-Esperance road safety improved
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
·§Great Eastern Highway and Focus Minerals and FMR intersection to be upgraded
·§3km section of Coolgardie-Esperance Highway to be widened
Two contracts worth more than $2 million have been awarded for works to improve road safety in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said $1.5 million would be spent upgrading Great Eastern Highway at the Focus Minerals and FMR Investments intersections, east of Coolgardie.
“These mining operations involve trucking ore on Great Eastern Highway and into Focus Minerals private access road,” Mr Nalder said.
“The intersection with Focus Minerals is below standard for heavy vehicle turning movements and in need of urgent upgrading. Ongoing haulage operations will only result in further deterioration of this roadway.”
The Focus Minerals upgrade will provide designated left and right entry lanes into the access road and improve turning movements for road trains. The works at the FMR intersection will upgrade access for light vehicles.
The State Government, through Main Roads, has successfully negotiated with Focus Minerals and FMR Investments to contribute towards the project.
“This is another example of the Government working in partnership with the private sector to deliver a project to benefit the Western Australian economy and road users,” the Minister said.
This project is under way and is expected to be completed by mid-March 2015.
The second contract for $680,000 will widen a three-kilometre stretch of Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, 60km north of Norseman.
Mr Nalder said the work included widening and sealing the pavement, adding culverts and installing audible edge lining.
“This will improve community safety and access by reducing run-off road crashes and potential conflict between light and heavy vehicles,” he said.
This project is also under way and is expected to be completed this month.
Both contracts are being delivered by Main Roads Goldfields-Esperance region through the Integrated Service Arrangement with Lend lease.
The works are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to improving the State road network
Minister’s office - 6552 6400