McGowan Government delivers $4.5 billion for regional roads

  • 2021-22 State Budget includes $4.5 billion for major road projects and programs throughout regional WA over the next four years
  • McGowan Government investing in projects to create jobs and improve safety 
  • Major regional projects underway include Bunbury Outer Ring Road and Great Northern Highway upgrades at Ord River
  • Millions allocated to additional road upgrade projects around the State to ensure regional WA's future is properly funded
  • Regional Road Safety Program continues, with more than 7,000 kilometres of regional roads to be upgraded by mid-2022
  • The McGowan Labor Government is delivering $4.5 billion for major road projects and programs throughout regional Western Australia as part of the 2021‑22 State Budget.

    Major projects funded and under construction include:

    • $852 million for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road;
    • $175 million for the Albany Ring Road;
    • $98 million for upgrades to Great Northern Highway at Ord River in the Kimberley;
    • $36 million for Port Hedland Airport deviation;
    • $52 million for Coolgardie Esperance Highway at Emu Rocks.

    The 2021-22 State Budget also includes funding for projects currently in procurement or planning, including:

    • $120 million to upgrade and seal 100 kilometres of Marble Bar Road;
    • $380 million to construct and seal Manuwarra Red Dog Highway Stage 4;
    • $250 million for upgrades to Great Eastern Highway at Coates Gully, between Walgoolan to Southern Cross, and between Ghooli to Benari;
    • $55 million to upgrade Indian Ocean Drive between Jurien Bay and Brand Highway.

    The jointly funded Regional Road Safety Program continues and will see $217 million spent during 2021-22 to seal shoulders and install audible edge lining over 3,300 kilometres of roads.

    A further $194 million has been allocated to continue this program in 2022-23 and 2023-24.

    This is in addition to the $258 million invested to upgrade almost 4,300 kilometres of roads over the past year.

    $145 million has also been allocated to the Safer Roads and Bridges Program in regional WA, with an additional $193 million invested in the Resealing Program in regional WA.

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    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    "More and more people are choosing to hit the road and take holidays in regional WA, so it's important we make sure our regional roads are safe.

    "The 2021-22 State Budget highlights our focus on building a long-term and sustainable program to safeguard WA's economy and deliver the necessary upgrades to improve road safety across the regions.

    "We have a number of major projects under construction across regional WA - from the Kimberley in the north, to Albany in the south - to support local jobs and improve safety.

    "We are also continuing to deliver our Regional Road Safety Program which will see over 7,000 kilometres of regional roads ungraded by mid-2022.

    "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring its strong Budget management is reinvested in important infrastructure around the State, with improving regional roads a key focus."

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