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15 November 2000 A175/2000

GREAT EASTERN HIGHWAY PROJECT ADVANCES

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, today announced $34 million in Commonwealth funds to convert a section of the Great Eastern Highway to four lanes through the Darling Range.

Speaking from Perth, Mr Anderson said the upgrading from Sawyers Valley to The Lakes roadhouse was the latest in a series of federally-funded Great Eastern Highway improvements designed to facilitate the efficient transport of freight, tourists and commuters along the eastern approaches to Perth.

The section of road involved is located approximately 35 km east of the city.

“Together with the Roe Highway to Scott Street project, this latest work will provide almost 50 km of four-lane divided highway east of Perth. When coupled with the Northam bypass, to be completed by late 2002, the highway soon will have the capacity to carry larger freight vehicles, including road trains that currently cannot travel on the Great Eastern Highway west of Northam,” Mr Anderson said.

The 13 km duplication will be achieved by building a new four-lane road to a better alignment at the eastern end and constructing a second carriageway beside 7 km of the two-lane highway at the western extremity of the project.

“Planning is expected to be completed by mid-December, paving the way for tenders to be called and construction to start in the first half of 2001.  It will take about a year to build. Jobs will be provided for about 200 people,” he said.

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