AFTER years of lobbying, Shire of Mundaring has welcomed news that Great Eastern Highway was included in yesterday’s Commonwealth Government funding announcement.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Government will invest an additional $499million in road infrastructure in Western Australia.
The amount includes $9.6million towards the upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway, from Bilgoman Road to Mundaring.
Shire President Helen Dullard said the project would improve the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
She said improvements would be made to seven kilometres of the Highway, including widened and sealed road shoulders, new bus bays, a new shared path between Mann Street and Kintone Road, and intersection improvements.
“We have lobbied for this for some time, so certainly welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement,” Cr Dullard said.
“We thank the Government for recognising the importance of this project, which is expected to improve transport efficiency, reduce crash rates, and improve cyclist and pedestrian access.
“We also acknowledge the support we have received from Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter, and the Mundaring Resident and Ratepayer Association.”
The Shire will now liaise with Main Roads to establish the timing of the project.