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Delivery underway for additional lanes on Great Northern Highway

Works are now underway on a $50 million package to deliver an additional 11 overtaking lanes on the Great Northern Highway, between Newman and Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Works are now underway on a $50 million package to deliver an additional 11 overtaking lanes on the Great Northern Highway, between Newman and Port Hedland in Western Australia. 

The new lanes come under the Federal Government’s recently announced Great Northern Highway corridor, which will support the regions mining industry while also increasing the safety of the road connection for all motorists, as well as heavy vehicles.

The new lanes are expected to enhance the existing freighting network and increase transport efficiency. More than 60 per cent of traffic between Newman and Port Hedland consists of heavy vehicles.

The package will be delivered in two stages, with the first stage to see five new overtaking lanes built between Newman and Auski. This will include three southbound overtaking lanes and two northbound overtaking lanes.

A contract for the second stage, for six overtaking lanes on the Great Northern Highway between Auski and Port Hedland is expected to be awarded before the middle of the year.


 

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WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government was working to ensure movement across the state is as safe and efficient as possible.

“We have a significant number of heavy vehicles moving on the Great Northern Highway and the installation of overtaking lanes in strategic locations will reduce travel times, improve efficiency, and enhance safety by ensuring drivers don’t take unnecessary risks,” Saffioti said.

“We remain committed to improving regional road safety and the wider State Road network for both heavy vehicle operators and local commuters.”

All 11 lanes are set to be delivered by mid-2025.

The $50 million package is being jointly funded by the Federal ($40 million) and State ($10 million) governments.

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