Main Roads WA has established the Muchea to Wubin (M2W) Integrated Project Team, comprising Main Roads and industry partners Jacobs and Arup, to conduct a comprehensive planning review of the full Muchea to Wubin link. The planning review is a critical component of the Great Northern Highway – Muchea to Wubin Upgrade Stage 2, which has been funded with $384.8 million from the Federal and State Governments. In addition, a further $40 million has been made available for improvements to 11km through the Bindi Bindi curves, which is under contstruction and due for completion in mid 2015.

The Great Northern Highway (GNH) upgrade is intrinsic to Main Roads’ 2020 strategy and will deliver the following objectives:
Project Object
Improve Road Safety
Safer route that reduces the risk of death, serious injury and damage
increase freight efficiency
Increased efficiency in terms of vehicle loads (mass and size) and reducing delays for all traffic
improve network reliability
Improved reliabili.ty with more consistent and predictable travel times and improved network access
enhance travel wellbeing
Improved roadside amenities for rest and driver information
contribute to sustainable and viable communities
Balance community concerns against the economic, community safety and network access issues
enhance the environment
Undertake practices to help retain and enhance the environmental values of roadsides

In delivering the project’s objectives the M2W team will pursue sustainable and environmentally sensitive initiatives that achieve the best value for money and meet community expectations.

Among the improvements to be considered are more passing lanes, flattening crests and easing curves, safer roadsides, more rest stops and additional facilities for heavy vehicles.

This review is expected to be complete by mid-2015. It will examine the previous upgrade strategy developed in the 1990s and – having carefully considered current requirements for the movement of people and freight, deliver a revised upgrade strategy.

The M2W team will then identify and prioritise construction packages to be delivered over the four/year period from 2015-2016 to 2018-2019, which will include the following currently funded sections: Muchea to Chittering (8km); Bindoon South (2km); Lyons to Pithara (46km, including Miling) and Wubin realignment (2km).

Main Roads had identified the first priority as the reconstruction of a 21km section from Batty Bog to Walebing. These works commenced in September 2014 and are expected to be complete by early 2016.

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