Bridge upgrades, parking bays on the way

Package of works aimed at the trucking industry Western Australia’s Pilbara region will get underway next month

May 29, 2013

A package of works that includes parking and layover bays to benefit the trucking industry in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will get underway next month.

More than $13 million will be spent upgrading four bridges in the Pilbara, building two new parking bays on Marble Bar Road and constructing six pullover and layover bays for high wide load convoys on the Great Northern Highway.

Western Australia and the Federal Government are jointly funding the projects through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

"These works will improve the safety and serviceability of the road network and help accommodate the growing number of heavy vehicles using Pilbara roads," Western Australia Transport Minister Troy Buswell says.

The bridges to receive major upgrades are between Port Hedland and Pardoo, over Beebingarra Creek, Petermarer Creek, Tabba Tabba Creek and Pardoo Creek.

Buswell says the upgrades are necessary because all four bridges are more than 30 years old and had reached their maximum load capacity. Works will start in June and are estimated to be completed by April 2014.

The two new parking bays will be built for north and southbound traffic on Marble Bar Road, adjacent to the intersection with Great Northern Highway.

The six pullover and layover bays will be on the highway between Newman and Port Hedland.

"These bays will improve safety for all road users by providing an opportunity for motorists take rest breaks and also allow truck drivers, who are often travelling long distances, to inspect their vehicles," Buswell says.

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