Coolgardie-Esperance Highway set for state funded upgrades

Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Main Roads WA have detailed how $8 million secured for upgrades to the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway would be spent.

The state government pledged $8 million to upgrade priority sections of the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway in the 2018/2019 state budget. 

Main Roads WA media manager Dean Roberts said the funds would go towards reconstruction, overlay and widening of a 10 kilometre section known as Emu Rocks South.

The stretch is located south of the Kambalda turn off. 

Mr Roberts said the section of the highway formed part of the Perth to Adelaide freight route and was a priority because it had a narrow seal.

He also said the section was not as straight, flat and clear as desired for a major highway. 

Labor MLC Darren West said the government was constantly upgrading the road network with an emphasis on road safety.

“We don’t find the state’s road toll acceptable, especially in the regional areas,” he said.

“We’ve increased the state government funding into main road upgrades by 20 per cent and some of that is coming from Royalties for Regions.”

Mr West said the government generally took advice from Main Roads but encouraged members of the public to contact him if there were areas of concern they wished to identify.

Mr Roberts said works on the priority section of the highway would start in mid-2019 and were expected to be completed in late 2020. 

“Main Roads is seeking additional federal funding to enable an additional 12 kilometres to be upgraded at this location,” he said.

Roe MP Peter Rundle said he hoped Main Roads WA was successful in securing the additional funding and welcomed the $8 million received.

“The regional road network in WA needs as much attention as possible in keeping it up to speed,” he said.