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Wiluna-Meekatharra Road upgrade to support local jobs

16 May 2019 4:37 PM - Pilot project to seal 4km from Wiluna to connect to an existing sealed section

A $1 million allocation will kick-start a pilot project that could evolve into a rolling program to seal the entirety of Wiluna-Meekatharra Road while creating ongoing work for locals.

The Wiluna-Meekatharra Road provides an important east-west transport link between the Northern Goldfields and the Mid West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions.

The initial allocation of $1 million would help seal the first four kilometres between the Wiluna town site and an existing 10 kilometre asphalted section of the road.

If successful, the stakeholders would investigate the viability of creating a rolling program to seal further sections of the road.

Currently, 125km out of 180km of road between the towns of Wiluna and Meekatharra remains unsealed.

MWDC Chair Todd West said the Commission has had a longstanding priority to upgrading the ‘Goldfields Highway’.

“Sealing the highway will provide better freight efficiency advantages, safer passing opportunities and reduce road closures at floodways following rainfall,” he said.

“The Goldfields Highway is the last remaining unsealed section of the State Highway network, so this pilot is integral to kick-starting an important piece of infrastructure for the region.”

Full media statement: Wiluna-Meekatharra Road upgrade to support local jobs