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 June.
  • 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.

Overview

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

Karratha-Tom Price Road has re-opened between Roebourne Wittenoom Road (Rio Tinto Rail Crossing) to the beginning of the bitumen seal at Python Pool.

Approximately 12,000 m3 of contaminated asbestos has been successfully removed from this section of road. These works were undertaken by an Indigenous company employing over 15 people.

Construction of Stage 3 will start in June.

Timeline

Construction start: June 2019

Construction complete: Late-2019

​Benefits

  • 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.

​Funding

The West Australian Government has committed $50 million to seal Stage 3.

Stage 4 is currently not funded.

Completion of stage 3 and 4 is expected to cost $320 million.

Last Updated: 05 March 2019