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Coolgardie Esperance Highway Upgrades

Coolgardie, Higginsville, Norseman, Widgiemooltha


  • Road

    Project type
  • $52 million

    Total budget
  • Under Construction

    Project phase
  • Main Roads WA

    Lead agency
  • 90

    Jobs supported
  • Early 2021

    Start date

    Mid 2022

    End date

The Coolgardie Esperance Highway at Emu Rocks forms part of the Perth to Adelaide route on the National Land Transport Network and is the only direct sealed link between Perth and the Eastern States.

It is the major freight route through the region, with around two million tonnes per annum carted on the route, with 34% of all traffic on this section being heavy vehicles and 11% caravans.

Works will include upgrading a 30 kilometre section of this important road, between the Goldfields Highway intersection and Widgiemooltha, offering a greater and safer separation between vehicles.


  • A safer environment for road users
  • Significantly reduced deterioration of the highway shoulders resulting in a reduction of maintenance costs
  • Offers safer overtaking opportunities
  • Contributes to the freight efficiency of both interstate and regional transport associated with the mining industry

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