• Funding program Northern Australia Roads Program
  • Status Completed
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Mid 2018 - Mid 2019
  • Estimated project cost $34,480,000
  • Australian Government contribution $27,580,000
  • Local Council/Shire Shire of East Pilbara
  • State WA

Project description

Marble Bar Road is a key route that supports mining and agricultural activities as well as the tourism industry and links communities in the East Pilbara Region.

This project proposes to realign and reconstruct a 4km section of the Marble Bar Road that passes through Coongan Gorge.


The project will deliver the following benefits:

  • improved road safety, through improvements to existing horizontal and vertical alignments, and re-alignment of sections passing through the gorge
  • improved efficiency for freight vehicles, through widening of narrow sections
  • improved accessibility for resource developments in the East Pilbara
  • reduced road maintenance costs, through pavement reconstruction to increase weather resilience


The Australian Government has committed up to $27.58 million towards this $34.48 million project.


The project was officially opened to traffic on 6 June 2019.

Project last updated:

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