Goldfields Outback WA Regional News

Third ‘Transcontinental Highway’ sealed in $20m deal

Work will soon begin on sealing what has been hailed as Australia’s third trans-continental highway and provide a new route accross the Australian outback.

A $20 million contract has been awarded to Wongutha Way Alliance, a joint venture between CareyMC Pty Ltd and Central Earthmoving Company Pty Ltd.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack hailed the development, a jointly funded project with the Australian Government committing $37.2 million and the West Australian Government committing $9.3 million.

“It’s exciting to see work starting on this 41km section of Great Central Road. The project includes reconstruction of the pavement and sealing the road surface, which will ultimately form part of the longer-term upgrade of ‘Outback Way,” Mr McCormack said.

“This will create Australia’s third Transcontinental Highway, providing a sealed route starting in Laverton, Western Australia, through Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and connecting all the way to Winton in Queensland.”

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