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. Highway traffic has been temporarily moved to a local access road. 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.
Walebing and Wubin Upgrades
Current status - Construction expected to start September 2019
Works will include:
- Construction of four km of new highway through Walebing (the existing highway will be repurposed as local access roads)
- Upgrade of intersections with Midlands Road and Old Geraldton Road
- 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
Map - Wubin
Map - Walebing
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 later 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 June 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 three significantly impacted properties along the proposed Bindoon Bypass.
With the State Government announcing funding on 9 May 2019, the $275 million Bindoon Bypass is now fully funded for construction. Once complete, the bypass will allow 53.5 metre road trains to travel south to Muchea. Formal land acquisition processes for all properties and an indicative construction schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.
Works include a western bypass of Bindoon, providing a link between Chittering Roadhouse and New Norcia Bypass
Current status - Completed June 2018
22 km of new highway was constructed between Miling North Road and Gatti Road. It includes new overtaking lanes and additional rest areas suitable for heavy vehicles and passenger vehicles.
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.
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.
Current status - Completed February 2015
Upgrades included an 11 km realignment to remove dangerous bends, a new rail crossing at Balidu-Bindi Road intersection and more overtaking opportunities.
Current status – Completed July 2019
The upgrade works included the construction of 10.3 km of new highway, 5.7 km of widening and improvements and a 1.5 km upgrade of Northam-Pithara Road. Intersection improvements and modifications within the Pithara townsite were also part of the works. Over 220,000 seedlings have been planted within the project site including the area where the redundant highway was removed.
Current status - Completed April 2019
•An eastern bypass around the Miling townsite was constructed along with nine kms of upgraded highway and 2.5 kms of side road improvements. The upgrades also included improved flood protection on Miling-Moora Road, a safer one-metre wide centreline treatment, wider sealed shoulders and two new overtaking lanes.
In the Media
Great Northern Highway upgrade reaches new milestone - 05 June 2019
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.