$40 million to upgrade the Great Northern Highway

Media Release

WT069/2015

06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

Western Australian Minister for Transport

Improvements to the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $32.2 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to construct a bypass of New Norcia and upgrade floodways between Meekatharra and Newman on the Great Northern Highway.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will support the national and state freight task.

“These Great Northern Highway projects will be jointly funded, with the Western Australian Government providing $8.05 million, in partnership with the Australian Government's $32.2 million,” Mr Nalder said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and Western Australian governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Great Northern Highway New Norcia Bypass and floodways projects are expected to commence in 2015–16.