The City’s road resealing program has received a significant boost, with extra funds allocated through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program provides funding to local and state governments for projects designed to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.
In addition to $1.3 million budgeted by the City of Karratha for road resealing and gravel re-sheeting this financial year, more than $4.4 million of Federal Government funding has been allocated to projects within the City.
Almost $3.4 million has been allocated to build a road train assembly area on Madigan Road at the intersection of North West Coastal Highway.
Just over $836,000 has been allocated to widen the intersection of Mooligunn Road and De Witt Road in the light industrial area, and $175,000 will be used to upgrade heavy vehicle parking at Mardie on North West Coastal Highway north of Fortescue River.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long welcomed the boost to upgrade busy heavy haulage highways and major roads.
“The City works hard to pursue funding from sources, including government grants, corporate partners and returns on investments, to reduce reliance of revenue generated by rates,” Cr Long said.
“This is a significant amount of funding which will go a long way towards making our busy roads safer for truck drivers and other motorists.
“The City has budgeted $2.4 million to upgrade Mooligunn Road and the extra funds will help us expand that project and deliver a major upgrade to the LIA."
Cr Long said the community had identified improving roads as a priority in the Community Survey and Strategic Community Plan.
“With more people choosing to live and work within the City, we recognise grassroots infrastructure are vital to achieving our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Cr Long said.