The $120 million upgrade to the Esperance Port Transport Corridor was a Main Roads WA Project, funded jointly by the Federal and State Governments. The project was implemented under contract by John Holland Pty Ltd commencing in late 2012 and was completed by early 2014.
Improvement to the existing transport corridor would allow a significant increase in the volumes of cargo coming and going through the Port without adversely impacting on the local community.
Mining Photography captured the construction of the overpass road bridge via time-lapse photography.
Project works included:
- Realigning 1.7 kilometres of the existing Harbour Road to enter the Esperance Port on the south side of the railway;
- Realigning 1.4 kilometres of the existing railway line to enter the Esperance Port on the north side of Harbour Road;
- Constructing a new bridge over the railway line between the Esplanade and Twilight Beach Road;
- Closing the rail level crossing at the Esplanade and at Hardy Street;
- Connecting James Street to the transport corridor to alleviate traffic congestion problems at the Pink Lake Road – Harbour Road intersection;
- Constructing a railway access tunnel under Harbour Road;
- Installing noise abatement measures between Pink Lake Road and the Esperance Port; and
- Providing for seamless rail and road traffic into and out of the Port.
Further work will be undertaken by Main Roads to determine what other improvements need to be carried out on the Transport Corridor between Pink Lake Road and the Goldfields – Esperance Highway.
The Completed Works