Upgrading the 16 kilometre section of Great Northern Highway from Gatti Road to north of Pithara will enhance road safety and efficiency. The project will provide a widened road surface, new overtaking lanes and intersection improvements. A section of the Northam-Pithara Road will also be upgraded as part of these works along with modifications within the Pithara town site.
The Construct Only Contract to undertake these works has been awarded to Highway Construction/ALBEM Joint Venture. Delivered using a new NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract, it is expected to result in positive outcomes from the collaborative working relationship.
Scope of works
- 10.3 km of new highway, to be built next to the existing highway south of the Northam–Pithara Road;
- 5.7 km of highway widening and upgrade;
- 1.5 km upgrade of Northam-Pithara Road
- New overtaking lanes;
- Intersection improvements at Sheoak Road, Moller Road, Crampton Street, Northam-Pithara Road, Pithara West Road and Pithara East Road.
A range of modifications are also planned for the road layout in the Pithara townsite. These include dedicated parking areas to separate local and freight traffic and new bus bays for intrastate bus services.
The existing intersections of Roach Street and Bonney Street with Great Northern Highway will also be transformed into cul-de-sacs to improve road safety in town for local and highway traffic.