Works have begun on another critical road project in Kimberley, Western Australia, to replace three single-lane bridges with dual-lane bridges on the Great Northern Highway.
The bridges, which improve safety for drivers and the freight industry who regularly depend on the highway, cross Tickalara Creek, Frog Hollow Creek and Arthur Creek.
Construction will initially focus on the Tickalara Creek and Frog Hollow Creek bridges, where the installation of safety barriers and site fencing has already begun.
Clearing, foundation preparation and road approach earthworks are scheduled for the next month.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said the Great Northern Highway serves as a major freight connection between the Kimberley region and the rest of WA and Australia.
“It represents a critical transport link for mining, cattle, tourism, horticulture and agriculture while connecting many remote Aboriginal communities to essential services,” she said.
“Upgrading these bridges will not only make this stretch of road safer for all road users but will also help future-proof this critical transport link.”
Senator for WA, Glenn Sterle, said the project is great news for communities depending on freight transport links over these crossings.
“The Australian Government is pleased to be co-funding these much-needed bridge replacements, effectively reducing safety hazards and streamlining passenger travel and freight transport links between these essential communities,” he said.
The $33 million bridge replacement project is being funded by the Australian Government’s commitment of $26.4 million and the State Government’s commitment of $6.6 million.
It is one of several road improvements underway this year in WA, including the New Fitzroy River Bridge Project.
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