Karratha-Tom Price Road upgrade on track for 2019 finish

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Karratha to Tom Price Road.
Camera IconKarratha to Tom Price Road. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

The chances of stage three of the Karratha to Tom Price Road being completed by the end of the year have increased after the State Government raised the funding for the 2018/19 financial year from $6 million to $27.5 million.

Stage three of the road includes a 48km section from Karratha to Millstream and Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said it was anticipated tenders would be issued in February.

“Construction works are expected to start in May and be completed by December,” he said.

Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the decision to increase the funding for the current financial year had been brought forward in anticipation of a significant part of stage three being completed.

“The bulk of the work was going to happen in the latter half of 2019,” she said.

“But in view of the importance of the road, the delivery schedule has been progressed as quickly as possible with the intent that the upgrade will be fully completed by the end of the year.”

It is still unknown when the rest of the road will be completed as there is currently no funding available for stage four.

“The State Government has already committed $50 million to construct the next stage of the Karratha to Tom Price Road,” Ms Saffioti said.

“We are continuing to seek funding support from the Australian Government for the balance of the new road.”

Mr Roberts said it was also unknown what the total cost of the project would be because of asbestos contamination.

“Early estimates indicate that asbestos remedial works for stage three will be well in excess of $1 million,” he said.

“The total investment required to complete the entire road is in the order of $320 million, however a full cost estimate cannot be determined until asbestos remediation works and other further investigations are completed.”

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