Feds, WA sign off on Great Northern Highway upgrade

A $40 million project to straighten and widen the Great Northern Highway will begin next year and completed in 2014

December 20, 2012

The Federal and West Australian governments have signed off on funding to straighten and widen the Bindi Bindi Curves section of the Great Northern Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the 11km section of highway has been the scene of a number of fatal head-on collisions in recent years.

The Federal Government is contributing $32 million to the project, with $8 million coming from Western Australia. Work is expected to begin by the middle of next year and be completed in the second half of 2014.

"We’re determined to make the Great Northern Highway a better and safer road, which is particularly important considering it’s the main link between Perth and Darwin as well as to resources projects in the Pilbara," Albanese says.

West Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the project includes a new rail crossing at the Balidu-Bindi Bindi Road intersection.

"All up, some 130,000 cubic metres of earth will be removed and once complete, the speed limit on this stretch will be increased from 80 to 110km/h and there will be more overtaking opportunities," he says.

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