Proposed $250m WA Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation to create 1500 jobs

Monica Gameng   |   July 22, 2022
Pinjarra road (cr: Main Roads WA)

The proposed Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation project in Western Australia is progressing and it is now scheduled to begin construction in 2024, subject to necessary approvals. 

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each contributing $200 million and $50 million respectively. 

With up to 700 trucks currently passing through Pinjarra each day, this significant road infrastructure aims to divert trucks from the centre of town to help reduce congestion and improve safety. 

“Our Government is delivering millions of dollars of new roads and upgrades throughout regional Western Australia. 

“The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation has been spoken about for years, and I’m pleased we have secured $250 million to deliver Stages 1 and 2. 

“Almost 700 trucks pass through the Pinjarra town site each day. This new route will remove those trucks from the main street, making it much safer for local road users and travellers,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said. 

The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation project will include: 

  • A new road between South Western Highway (north) and Greenlands Road roundabout 
  • Improvements to existing Pinjarra-Williams Road near the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation interchange 
  • Grade separation of rail and road crossings 
  • New bridges over the Murray River and Oakley Brooks 

“Pinjarra is a popular town for locals and tourists alike but many people tell me how unsafe the heavy trucks driving through the centre of town can be. 

“Removing these heavy vehicles running through our town site will make it safer, less congested while creating hundreds of local jobs – a big win for our local community,” Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said. 

Due to the nature of the area around the project site – which is both culturally sensitive to the Aboriginal community and highly significant in terms of national heritage – representatives of the Aboriginal Community have been consulted over several years to help shape the design of the project so that it benefits all road users and the local community. 

Main Roads WA will continue working with the Aboriginal community to address any concerns they have regarding the project. 

In addition, the $250 million project is expected to create over 1,500 jobs. 

“This major project will deliver real safety benefits for the Pinjarra community, diverting hundreds of trucks from the centre of town and reducing congestion for local people. 

“The works will create more than 1,500 jobs, delivering a new road between South Western Highway and the Greenlands Road roundabout, improvements to Pinjarra-Williams Road, grade separation and new bridges over the Murray River and Oakley Brook,” Premier Mark McGowan said. 

Source: Government of Western Australia – Media Statements; Mandurah Mail; Perth Now; Shire of Murray; Building for Tomorrow; Main Roads Western Australia 

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