​What's happening?

Pithara

Current status - Construction started in April 2018 and is due to be completed in mid-2019

The southern offline portion of works is moving into the final stages of pavement construction. Construction has commenced along Northam-Pithara Road and a temporary side track will be constructed in order to complete the southern section and the Northam-Pithara Road / Great Northern Highway intersection.

Works through the Water Corporation Reserve continue, with a significant amount of northbound works complete. After sealing, traffic will be shifted onto these works to enable construction of the southbound lane.

Works in Pithara town are progressing well with the drainage network complete and pavement works commencing including the construction of the Roach and Bonnie Street cul-de-sacs.
A temporary side track north of Pithara is now in operation with a speed limit of 60 km/h to enable the construction of the northern section of works.

Contractor, HAJV were recently awarded ‘Team of the Year’ by Nudge, in recognition of their efforts and commitment to train and employ trainees. See our December 2018 project update for more information.

Works include:

  • 10.3 km of new highway, to be built next to the existing highway south of the Northam–Pithara Road;
  • 5.7 km of highway widening and upgrade; 
  • 1.5 km upgrade of Northam-Pithara Road
  • New overtaking lanes;
  • Intersection improvements at Sheoak Road, Moller Road, Crampton Street, Northam-Pithara Road, Pithara West Road and Pithara East Road.

Modifications are planned for the road layout in the Pithara townsite including new bus bays for intrastate bus services. The existing intersections of Roach Street and Bonney Street with Great Northern Highway will also be transformed into cul-de-sacs to improve road safety in town for local and highway traffic.

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Miling Bypass

Current status - Construction started in April 2018 and is due to be completed mid-2019

The newly aligned Miling Bypass section of the Great Northern Highway is open to traffic. Focus will now shift to completing access roads to the Miling townsite involving the opening of the Miling Southern Access Road and closure of Miling West Road from the Bypass. Read our latest roadworks and construction update for more information  

Please take care when travelling through the project site and follow all traffic management directions and signage.

Works include:

  • Construction of an eastern bypass, taking traffic around the Miling townsite;

  • Re-alignment of Miling West Road to provide a direct access road to the CBH facility from the north of the town;

  • A southern realignment of Miling Moora Road to avoid floodplains; and

  • A realignment of Miling East Road to provide a staggered T-intersection for safe crossing of the bypass.

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Muchea North

Current status - Work commenced in December 2018 and are due to be complete in early-2020

Earthwork activities have commenced, with cut to fill operations occurring in the southern end of the project. Road users are reminded to take care when driving through the project site. Traffic management including speed restrictions and lane closures will be in place when required.

Works will include:

  • Construction of three km of dual carriageway (linking up with the NorthLink WA project at Muchea) and 10 km of new wider single carriageway through to Chittering Roadhouse.
  • Realignment of intersections at Old Gingin Road, Reserve Road, Wandena Road, Maddern South Road and Sugar Gum Drive will also be realigned. 
  • The existing highway will be used as local access roads to avoid future congestion and provide safer access points to the highway.

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Dalwallinu and Wubin

Current status - Planning. Construction due to start mid-2019

Works will include:

  • Upgrade to the Great Northern Highway intersection in Wubin to allow future southern access for 53.5 m road trains, access to local facilities and the Road Train Assembly Area
  • Realignment of the highway in Dalwallinu including elimination of the tight curve at Clinch Road and intersection improvements
  • Upgrades at the Peterson Road intersection

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Walebing

Current status - Planning. Construction due to start mid-2019

Work will include:

  • Construction of four km of new highway
  • Upgrade of intersections with Midlands Road and Old Geraldton Road
  • The existing highway will be repurposed as local access roads

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Bindoon Bypass

Current status - Planning

Progress continues on preliminary planning for the 66 km bypass of Bindoon up to New Norcia. One of the key constructions approvals, the Public Environmental Review document for the southern section, was submitted in August 2018 and will be available for public comment early this year. Remaining statutory environmental approval applications for the 18 km northern section from Calingiri Road to New Norcia are expected to be submitted in January 2019. This section is expected to require a referral under the EPBC Act 1999 at a Federal level, and a clearing permit under the EP Act 1986 at a State level.

A strategic review of road connections to the Bindoon Bypass was completed in September 2018, allowing the land requirements for the road reserve to be progressed. Land acquisition processes continue on four significantly impacted properties along the proposed Bindoon Bypass.

With Federal funding of $220 million announced towards the $275 million Bindoon Bypass, 53.5 metre road trains may soon be able to travel south to Muchea. We will commence formal land acquisition processes for all properties and provide an indicative construction schedule once State funding is confirmed.

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Miling Straight

Current status - The new highway opened in June 2018. Finishing works are due to be complete early-2019.

The 22 km of new highway is now open to traffic between Miling North Road and Gatti Road. It includes new overtaking lanes and additional rest areas suitable for heavy vehicles and passenger vehicles. Finishing works will continue over the coming months to complete side roads, drainage and landscaping.

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Bindi Bindi

Current status - Completed February 2015

This section of highway is part of the main link between Perth and Darwin. Upgrades included an 11 km realignment to remove dangerous bends, a new rail crossing at Balidu-Bindi Road intersection and more overtaking opportunities.

Batty Bog

Current status - Completed November 2015

Work on the 21 km section between Batty Bog Road and Walebing involved upgrades to improve geometry, provide more overtaking opportunities and improved safety.

New Norcia Bypass

Current status - Completed May 2017

A six km bypass to the east of the historic town of New Norcia was constructed, including a new 88 m bridge over Moore River and a scenic lookout. The project has helped remove heavy vehicle movements away from the town, allowing for future development and restoration of the town.

 

In the Media

Safer Great Northern highway a step closer - 30 November 2018

Great Northern Highway's Miling Straight no longer narrow - 21 June 2018

Work underway on two key Great Northern Highway upgrades - 24 April 2018

Project savings allocated to Bindoon Bypass - 7 June 2017

 

Traffic and community impacts

Some activities such as earthworks and road construction may result in noise, dust and vibration. Managing these impacts is of high importance and undertaken in accordance with the project’s Environmental Management Plan. Where possible, works are planned to ensure minimal impact and local residents will be informed of upcoming construction activities.
Please refer to the Travel Map for up-to-date traffic and travel information.

 

Last Updated: 19 March 2019