A MAJOR safety upgrade to Great Eastern Highway in Mundaring will begin later this month, with a target of completion by mid-year.
The $5.342 million contract, awarded to Downer Group, will upgrade 2km of highway between Kintore Road and Mann Street.
The 1950s highway became a dual carriageway in the ’70s and the section to be improved is used by 25,000 vehicles a day.
Shire of Mundaring acting chief executive Paul O’Connor and Deputy Shire President Patrick Bertola attended a Main Roads event on Wednesday at the Shire offices, where Transport Minister Bill Marmion and Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt announced the upgrade.
Mr Marmion said the works would significantly improve safety on a busy section of the highway, the primary east-west freight route for WA and the main route for travel between the Goldfields, Perth and the South-West region.
Safety improvements will include sealed shoulders, intersections with turning pockets, improved street lighting, sealed bus bays, paths and traffic barriers.
The project will be state and federally-funded, with the Australian Government providing $9.6 million towards the $12 million project.
Newly appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Mr Wyatt welcomed this infrastructure upgrade.
“The East Metro region is a growth area and is the gateway to Perth from the East, and is particularly important for the Shire of Mundaring,” Mr Wyatt said.