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$14M road upgrade to improve heavy vehicle access in WA

The Western Australian Government has delivered funding to make the Great Eastern Highway between Anzac Drive and Gatacre Drive a dual carriageway.

Premier, Mark McGowan, and Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, recently visited the stretch of road to examine the scale of works proposed for the essential upgrade.

Forming the gateway to the Goldfields, the road is the only section within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder that is not a dual carriageway.

The $14 million project will reportedly create about 100 jobs with design and engineering work, on the upgrades, currently underway with Main Roads Western Australia.

"I'm proud to have been able to secure funding for this important road upgrade, which will improve access and safety for heavy vehicles servicing commercial properties fronting the highway,” said Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti.

“The heavy transport industry considers the dual carriageway vital to the safe movement of traffic on this section and we have listened to their concerns.

"This project is integral for road users, business operators, residents and visitors to this hub of mining activity within the state,” she said.

Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018-19 with the upgrades to be completed by June 2019.

Works will include improved drainage to carry water to an open channel and away from the highway via pipes beneath the road surface.

The upgrade will improve both safety and accessibility for about 8,000 vehicles that use this section of Great Eastern Highway every day, 15 per cent of these are heavy vehicles, some as long as 53.5 metres.

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