The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation project has taken an important step forward with the State Government allocating $250,000 towards planning and developing the project.
The Main Roads funding allocation was announced by Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti and Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke on Wednesday.
Funding will allow Main Roads to work with the Shire of Murray to progress the project and work towards an interim solution to remove heavy haulage from the town centre.
“The local community have made it very clear that they want heavy haulage deviation, and this funding is a significant first step in getting the deviation underway,” Ms Clarke said.
“The planning and development stage is crucial to the success of a deviation as it would need to align with long term planning, the funding will make sure that it is done right.
“I look forward to working with Main Roads and the Shire of Murray to ensure that any solution reached will strongly benefit the community.”
Long term, the deviation forms a strategic link between future extension of Tonkin Highway and connection to South West Highway and Forrest Highway.
The Shire of Murray conducted a referendum on whether or not the Shire should push for heavy haulage deviation at the last local government election in October 2017, and over 80 percent voted in favour of a deviation.