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Wheatbelt freight network receives $10M boost

The Western Australian Government has secured $10 million in Federal funding to upgrade two major freight roads in the Wheatbelt.

In a major announcement for grain transport carriers, Toodyay Road will undergo $7 million worth of upgrades, with 3.5 kilometres of reconstruction works around Jingaling Brook and two kilometres of widening works at Harper Brook.

Audible edge lines and a one-metre wide centreline treatment will be installed to reduce head-on crashes, while a westbound overtaking lane will also be constructed approximately 14 kilometres outside of Toodyay.

Jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, the project is expected to create and support approximately 45 local jobs and is .

An additional $3 million will be spent replacing an ageing bridge on Great Eastern Highway over Coates Gully near El Caballo, with the jointly funded project expected to create up to 20 jobs.

The bridge carries approximately 6,400 vehicles per day and is on a critical freight route to the Eastern States, with 17 per cent of traffic being heavy vehicles.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti described Toodyay Road as a key freight route to the Eastern States.

"Great Eastern Highway is a key freight route to the Eastern States and the section near El Caballo carries up to 6,400 vehicles daily, many of which are heavy vehicles," she said in a statement.

"We are also investing significant funds to widen two road over rail bridges between Walgoolan and Southern Cross on Great Eastern Highway, which will create and support regional jobs."

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