Goldfields Highway

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Goldfields Highway

Goldfields Highway
General information
Type Highway
Length797 km (495 mi)
Route number(s) Australian national route ALT94.svg Alternate National Route 94 (Kalgoorlie to Coolgardie-Esperance Highway)
Major junctions
Northwest endAustralian national highway 95.svg Great Northern Highway (National Highway 95), Meekatharra
 Australian national route ALT94.svg Great Eastern Highway (Alternate National Route 94)
Southeast endAustralian national highway 94.svg Coolgardie-Esperance Highway (National Highway 95), Widgiemooltha
Location(s)
Major settlements Wiluna, Leonora, Menzies, Kalgoorlie , Kambalda
Highway system

Goldfields Highway is a generally northwest-southeast highway in central Western Australia which links the Great Northern Highway at Meekatharra with Coolgardie-Esperance Highway south of Kalgoorlie. [1] The highway is approximately 797 kilometres (495 mi) in length, and is designated as Alternate National Route 94 from Kalgoorlie to Coolgardie–Esperance Highway.

A large 180-kilometre (110 mi) section of the highway, from Meekatharra to Wiluna, is not a sealed road as of 2016. A project to upgrade Goldfields Highway by sealing this portion, over a three-year period, was scheduled to start in the 2017/18 financial year with $60 million of funding through Royalties for Regions. [2] [3] As of 2020, a small 5-kilometre-long (3 mi) section is being sealed. [4]

See also

Australia road sign W5-29.svg   Australian Roadsportal

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Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Mid West region. There are four main highways through the Mid West: The north-south coastal route of Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway, the inland alternative Great Northern Highway, and the northern section of Goldfields Highway, which links Meekatharra with Kalgoorlie. A network of main roads connects towns within the Mid West to each other, the highways, and neighbouring regions, with local roads providing additional links and access to smaller townsites. Roads are often named after the towns they connect.

Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Goldfields-Esperance region. While the region is the state's largest, the major roads are restricted to the region's western and southern edges. From the major population centres of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, Great Eastern Highway heads west towards Perth via the Wheatbelt ; Coolgardie–Esperance Highway leads south to the port of Esperance via Norseman; and Goldfields Highway proceeds north to Wiluna and then on to the Mid West Region. From Norseman, Eyre Highway takes interstate traffic east across the Nullabor and into South Australia.

References

  1. Goldfields-Esperance Region (PDF) (Map). Version 1.0. Cartography by Main Roads Western Australia. Main Roads Western Australia. 13 August 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. Main Roads Western Australia (26 August 2016). "Goldfields Highway Upgrade – Goldfields Highway (Wiluna to Meekatharra Sealing)". Government of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  3. Redman, Terry; Nalder, Dean (15 August 2016). "Wiluna to Meekatharra highway upgrade" (Media Statements). Government of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  4. Stevens, Rhiannon; Moussalli, Isabel (20 July 2020). "Roadworkers sealing Western Australia's last dirt highway unite remote outback community". ABC News. Archived from the original on 23 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

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