Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti have turned the sod on stage three of the $81.5 million Karratha-Tom Price Road project.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, and is expected to create more than 100 local jobs during construction.
“The Karratha-Tom Price Road is an important piece of infrastructure in the Pilbara and these upgrades will make it safer and easier for people to travel,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“We committed more than $2 billion in our recent 2019-20 state budget to upgrade and build regional roads all across the state.”
Work will be undertaken by MACA Civil, including 48 kilometres of sealing, new pavements and drainage structures.
“The project has a strong focus on creating regional employment and opportunities for local businesses, including indigenous companies,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“With assistance from Rio Tinto, public traffic will be shifted to a parallel detour track during the construction period, saving the project costs considerably.”
Ms. Saffioti said the upgrades would also improve transport productivity for the mining industry.
“When complete, the upgrades will reduce travel times, improve safety and reduce road closures, particularly during the wet season,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“The new road will improve access to the popular Millstream Chichester National Park and Karijini National Park, helping boost tourist traffic in the heart of the Pilbara.”