Bindi Bindi upgrade to boost safety and travel efficiency

Media Release

JB012/2015

24 February 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

The Australian and Western Australian governments are delivering critical road safety upgrades with the 11-kilometre section of the Great Northern Highway, between Bindi Bindi and Lyons East Road, opened to traffic today (Feb 24).

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the Bindi Bindi project was completed on time and on budget, and will help increase the economic performance of the highway.

“Upgrading this major freight and tourist route to a world class standard is essential to keeping motorists’ safe, supporting economic growth and driving further investment in the Western Australian mining, oil and gas industry.

“We are committed to delivering better and safer roads throughout Western Australia particularly on key freight corridors to ensure our primary producers can get their products to market more quickly and at less cost.

“This section of the highway is part of the main link between Perth and Darwin and has recorded a number of fatal head-on collisions in recent years, giving it a notorious safety record.

“Heavy vehicle operators and tourists heading to the north of Western Australia would welcome the completion of this critical safety project and we thank motorists for their patience during construction.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the State Government welcomed the input of local communities, landowners and freight operators who offered suggestions about the upgrade.

“Works included a new rail crossing at the Ballidu-Bindi Bindi Road intersection and more overtaking opportunities,” Mr Nalder said.

“The completion of the work means that we can increase the speed limit on this stretch from 80 to 110 kilometres an hour, which will undoubtedly be welcomed by freight operators in general and tourists heading north for the upcoming winter season.

“The project will improve safety on this stretch of road and provide increased efficiency for vehicles as a result of fewer delays. Road users can also expect improved reliability with more consistent and predictable travel times.”

The Great Northern Highway forms part of the National Land Transport Network that links the Perth Metropolitan area and Fremantle Port with the North-West of Australia, along with a link to Darwin and the Northern Territory.

The Bindi Bindi Curves Upgrade was jointly funded by both the Australian and West Australian governments.

The Bindi Bindi Project is the first stage of the $420 million overall upgrade of the highway between Muchea and Wubin, with the second stage between Batty Bog Road and Walebing currently under construction.