3.5km entrance road into the town of Onslow completed
Direct access from upgraded airport to town centre
$14.1 million project to benefit residents, industry and tourists
The completion of Onslow's new ring road is set to benefit residents, industry and local tourism.
Officially opening the $14.1 million project today, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the road would guarantee access to the town, even in cyclonic conditions.
"This is important infrastructure for the growing Onslow community, giving certainty to locals and visitors to the area," Mr Marmion said.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road and surrounding works were especially important because they provided all-weather access between the town centre and the recently upgraded Onslow Airport.
"Following cyclones, the previous road was prone to flooding from storm surges which hampered emergency services and prevented evacuations from occurring," Mr Nalder said.
"To overcome this seasonal problem, the new road is constructed on an elevated alignment."
The Onslow Ring Road project involved construction of 3.5 kilometres of new highway, including new intersections and remedial works on the existing Onslow Road.
Mr Marmion said the works were funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas venture located 12km west of the town.
"After extensive planning, new and upgraded facilities are being constructed, including the Onslow Shire Council administration centre and library, wastewater treatment plant improvements and housing for regional government officers," he said.
- The Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities
Wheatstone is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by TEPCO
The State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilities
Construction began on the Onslow Ring Road project in November 2015
For the full list and map of planned projects for Onslow, visit http://www.dsd.wa.gov.au/onslow