The project involves sealing the last remaining section of unsealed road between Broome and One Arm Point – a 90 kilometre section of red dirt road currently prone to closures in wet weather.
A further 13.6 kilometres of narrow sealed road between Broome Highway and Manari Road will also be reconstructed and widened.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project is running on time with all necessary heritage clearances obtained, clearing works complete and more than half of earthworks undertaken.
“I had the opportunity to talk with local people who will benefit from this project. I hear good news stories of how the sealing of this road will provide access to essential services and provide opportunities for schooling and jobs,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“The current upgrade is effectively the third stage of improving this vital link to provide all weather access to the Dampier Peninsula and surrounding communities to improve safety, travel reliability and transport costs.”
Ms. Saffioti said the focus for the remainder of the year will be completing bulk earthworks, while road pavement construction and sealing is planned to start after the wet season.
“Following the success of recent Kimberley and Pilbara road projects, the upgrade of Broome-Cape Leveque Road is directly managed by Main Roads Western Australia and achieving good results for local employment,” Ms. Saffioti said.