$32m traffic boost for South Hedland
Residential property dwellers in South Hedland are set to benefit from a new road bridge which will ease congestion and meet the region's future traffic needs.
Announcing the multimillion-dollar project yesterday (December 5), Western Australian transport minister Troy Buswell said the Wallwork Bridge development is part of the Pilbara Cities plan to grow the region.
The bridge is likely to be welcomed by the region's residents, with it providing a reliable transport link between South and Port Hedland.
"Traffic volumes on Wallwork Road currently 11,000 vehicles per day, affirming the importance of the bridge's construction will have in meeting demand," Mr Buswell explained.
"From a safety and transport efficiency point of view, this bridge is needed."
The project, which is being partly funded by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, is expected to kick-off next year, with completion due in 2014.
With Wallwork Road traffic growth estimated at more than seven per cent annually, the new bridge is a major boon for commuters and local business, state regional development minister Brendon Grylls said.
"There's no doubt many residents and workers will welcome the end of the long traffic delays being experienced at the current railway crossing," he explained.