Karratha-Tom Price Road

  • The project is being delivered in consecutive stages between Karratha and Tom Price.
  • Construction of Stage 3 is scheduled to start in September.
  • Sealing a section of Roebourne-Whittenoom Road, known locally as Karratha Tom Price Road, will reduce travel times, improve safety and reduce road closures, particularly during wet season.


Stage 3 will include the construction and sealing of the 48 km section following the Rio Tinto rail alignment, to the rail crossing.

Stage 4, which is currently unfunded, will include a 107 km section from the Rio Tinto rail crossing to Nanutarra-Munjina Road on new alignment following the Rio Tinto rail line through some very rugged terrain.

Stage 1 and 2 are complete.

Project update

Tenders are currently being assessed and construction on Stage 3 is expected to commence in September 2019.


Stage 3 construction start: September 2019

Stage 3 construction complete: Early-2020


  • Provide a safer route for road users
  • Reduce travel times
  • Reduce maintenance costs and improve reliability by reducing road closures during wet weather
  • Increase regional employment
  • Local Aboriginal communities, including Weymul, Mingullatharndo, Ngurawaana, Wakathunim and Innawonga will have the opportunity to undertake training and development under the guidance of Main Roads, in order to provide a sustainable workforce for this and future Pilbara projects.


The State and Federal Government have committed a total of $310m to enable the completion of the Stages 3 and 4 of the Karratha - Tom Price Road.

Last Updated: 07 August 2019