Freight links and road safety between the Victorian Highway and the Port of Wyndham in Western Australia will be improved, with the Australian Government investing $44.91 million in the Great Northern Highway Upgrade (Maggie Creek—Wyndham) project.

The project will be funded under the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program, which is helping upgrade high-priority roads across northern Australia.

WA Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, said the works would see nearly 28km of upgrades along the Great Northern Highway between the Victoria Highway and the Port of Wyndham, known as ‘Wyndham Spur’.

“The project will involve reconstructing approximately 5.7km of the Great Northern Highway at Maggie’s Jump Up, including construction of a northbound overtaking lane and widening and overlaying an additional 22km,” Ms Saffioti said.

The upgrade will give road trains and heavy vehicles safer overtaking options, as well as minimise the impact of flooding to maintain year-round access to major towns.

The project would also involve upgrades to 44 culverts, the construction of floodways and off-road drainage, and upgrades to existing intersections.

Construction is expected to start in early 2018.

The Australian Government has committed up to $44.91 million and the Western Australian Government $11.23 million to fund the Great Northern Highway Upgrade: Maggie Creek—Wyndham.

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