Current status - Work commenced in December 2018 and are due to be complete in early-2020
Earthwork activities are nearing completion, with cut to fill operations occurring in the northern end of the project. Highway traffic has been temporarily moved to a future local access road. Road sealing and line marking has commenced at the southern end of the project and traffic is expected to move on to a section of new carriageway in December 2019. Topsoil spreading, fencing construction and side road construction are all progressing.
Road users are reminded to take care when driving through the project site. Traffic management including speed restrictions, lane closures and temporary intersection closures will be in place when required.
Works will include:
- Construction of three km of dual carriageway (visit the NorthLink WA project page to find out more about works near 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 for local property access to provide controlled and safer access points to the highway.
Open Muchea North Project Map PDF
Walebing and Wubin Upgrades
Current status - Work commenced in November 2019
Works commenced in the Walebing area, upgrades in Wubin are expected to start in early 2020 and are expected to be completed in mid-2020. Read the latest construction update documents for furthe information:
- 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
The new highway through Walebing will have an improved alignment replacing the existing tight low-speed curve and making that section safer and easier. In Wubin, widening works at the intersection with Mullewa-Wubin Road and upgrades around the Road Train Assembly area will improve access for heavy vehicles.
Open Wubin Project Map JPG
Open Walebing Map PDF
Current status - Planning
Progress continues on 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 in early 2020. Envrionmental approvals for the southern section are expected to be recieved in late 2020.
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. Due to significantly reduced environmental impacts associated with building the highway outside the existing road reserve, the environmental approvals for the northern section are expected to be recieved in mid-2020.
Land requirements have been finalised for the 66km highway upgrade and land acquisition processes have been commenced across the entire length of the project. It is expected that land acquisition will take between 9 and 18 months to complete. Main Roads is working with all affected landowners to understand the impacts to individual properties, and available options to mitigate the impacts of the land acquisition where practicible.
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. Several heavy vehicle rest areas are planned along the bypass. 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. The Bindoon Bypass Project will connect to the new North Link WA Northern Section which intersects with Brand Highway (expected to be completed in early 2020), and to the upgraded highway from Muchea to Chittering Roadhouse (expected to be completed in mid-2020). To the north, the Bindoon Bypass will connect to the recent bypass of New Norcia completed in June 2019
Open Bindoon Bypass Project Map - Bindoon to New Norcia PDF
Open Bindoon Bypass Project Map - Bindoon to Wannamal PDF
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.
Open Pithara Project Map PDF
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.
Open Miling Bypass Project Map
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.
Open Miling Straight Map PDF
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.
In the Media
Open Joint Media Statement: Great Northern Highway upgrades continue
- 14 November 2019
Open Media Statement: Great Northern Highway upgrade reaches new milestone
- 05 June 2019
Open Media Statement: Safer Great Northern highway a step closer
- 30 November 2018
Open Media Statement: Great Northern Highway's Miling Straight no longer narrow
- 21 June 2018
Open Media Statement: Work underway on two key Great Northern Highway upgrades
- 24 April 2018
Open Media Statement: 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.