Further work to upgrade Western Australia’s Great Eastern Highway in the Shire of Mundaring is set to start shortly, following the award of a $14.5 million construction contract.
Georgiou Group has won the contract for Stage 2 of the $34 million safety upgrade, which involves upgrading 5.2 kilometres of the highway between Bilgoman Road in Glen Forrest and Kintore Road in Mahogany Creek.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack the work will help boost safety on this section of the highway, which is a primary east-west freight route for the state and the key route for travel between Perth, the Wheatbelt region and the Goldfields.
“This second stage will build on safety improvements already completed in 2017 as part of Stage 1, further improving efficiency for all road users in this region,” Mr. McCormack said.
Western Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Rita Saffioti said the Great Eastern Highway between Glen Forest and Mundaring was in need of modernisation, having been built in the 1950s and upgraded to a dual carriageway in the 1970s.
“This section of highway now carries about 25,000 vehicles each day and, with 70 per cent of this traffic generated from the Shire of Mundaring, it is vital that these important upgrades continue to keep pace with traffic volumes,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“We are listening to the community and in response to feedback, the design for Stage 2 has been refined to minimise clearing by installing safety barriers and locating street lights within the verge where possible.”
The joint Federal- and Western Australian Government-funded project is set to begin in October, weather permitting.