$52 million upgrade for Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in WA


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The Western Australian Government has committed $52 million to upgrading the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.

Over 290,000 vehicles use this road every year with 35% of those being heavy vehicles.

The upgrade of this essential freighting route will boost road safety and regional jobs across south-central Western Australia.

Highway Construction Pty Ltd has been named as the preferred proponent to upgrade the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway which will include works on 25km of road and support around 90 jobs.

The project includes constructing a northbound and southbound passing lane north of Widgiemooltha; upgrading interactions at Goldfields Highway and Kingswood Street; widening and sealing road shoulders; the replacement and extension of culverts; installation of signage; line marking and audio-tactile edge and centre lines.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, welcomed the project and said it was an important part of getting money flowing into businesses and jobs.

“Our focus is on getting people back into work quickly, which is why we have committed $1.5 billion to prioritise shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works that can boost the economy and support jobs immediately,” McCormack said.

“We are investing in our post-pandemic future by delivering lasting infrastructure that will kick-start our economic recovery and benefit Australians for years to come.

“The Australian Government’s $110 billion 10-year infrastructure pipeline will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and manufacturing industries.”

Federal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson noted that the Coolgardie-Esperance project would support regional communities the most.

“The Coolgardie-Esperance Highway at Emu Rocks forms part of the Perth-Adelaide route on the National Land Transport Network,” Wilson said.

“By investing in this stretch of the highway, we are building a safer road network for the families and communities that live and work here.

“We are also supporting the productivity of regional industries on what is a major freight route through the Goldfields-Esperance region, with around two million tonnes transported each year.”

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments with the federal government committing $41.6 million and the state committing $10.4 million.

Construction on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway is expected to start in December 2020 and is due for completion in April 2022.

Source: Media Release

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