|Funding Program:||Northern Australia Roads Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2018 - Late 2018
|Estimated Project Cost:||$56,140,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$44,910,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
The Great Northern Highway between the Victoria Highway and the Wyndham Port is known as the Wyndham Spur. Wyndham Spur provides the sole access route to the Port of Wyndham, which supports local mining and agricultural activities. This part of the Great Northern Highway also includes the section known as 'Maggie's Jump Up', which is between the intersections of the Buntine and Victoria highways.
The scope of works for this project includes:
- widening and overlay of approximately 22 kilometres of the Wyndham Spur section to an 11 metre wide seal on an 11 metre formation;
- reconstruction of approximately 5.7 kilometres of road pavement at Maggie's Jump Up, including the construction of northbound overtaking lane;
- improvements to vertical and horizontal road alignments; and
- construction of floodways and off-road drainage.
The completion of this project will improve road safety and freight efficiency on a key inter-town link between Wyndham, Kununurra and Halls Creek.
This project will provide the following benefits:
- improved access for freight vehicles travelling to and from Wyndham Port through improvements to vertical and horizontal road alignments;
- higher freight capacity along the Great Northern Highway by improiving the reliability of the route;
- increased safety for road users crossing floodwater prone areas through drainage improvements; and
- increased regional accessibility, by providing year-round access to major town sites for residents and the tourism industry.
The Australian Government has committed up to $44.91 million towards the $56.14 million project.
Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 and be completed by late 2018, weather permitting.
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Project details last updated: 18/12/2017