According to Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, the realignment will significantly improve road safety, reduce transport vehicle operating costs and travel times for road users making their way through the region.
MACA Civil delivered the works, realigning and reconstructing a four-kilometre section of road with joint funding from the federal and state government.
Upgrade works also included the construction of culverts and off-road drainage and installation of safety barriers, signs, pavement markings, guideposts and pastoral fencing.
“Marble Bar Road is an important route for both the local community and mining industry in the Pilbara, used by mining companies in the East Pilbara to access Port Hedland for export,” Mr. McCormack said.
State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project team faced challenges through the delivery phase, with unseasonably dry weather affecting water supplies for the project followed by Tropical Cyclone Veronica bringing record rainfall to the region.
“Several hundred heavy vehicles use this section of road on a daily basis, along with passenger vehicles traveling between local communities and towns,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“The upgrade to Marble Bar Road is essential to ongoing economic development and for connecting local communities in the central Pilbara region.”