​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Karratha-Tom Price Road

Karratha to Tom Price

  • The project is being delivered in consecutive stages.
  • Stage 3 commenced in October 2019.
  • 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.


Image: Unsealed section of road construction vehicles and worker vehicles in view


  • Stage 1 and 2 are complete.
  • 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, 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.

Project update

Stage 3 construction commenced on 24 October 2019.

A detour is in place via the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Rail Maintenance Track. Each vehicle wishing to use the detour are required to obtain a permit, apply through the Rio Tin​to website .

Timeline ​

Stage 3 construction anticipated for completion: mid-2020​


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  • 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, Yindjibarndi, 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.

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Open Project Update PDF​​ - November 2019
Last Updated: 26 March 2020