BHP to invest $45m in Pilbara roads safety


BHP has joined forces with the Australian and Western Australian governments to improve road and rail safety in the Pilbara region.

The project involves constructing a 28-metre-long road-over-rail bridge to separate road and rail traffic at the Nelson Point level crossing on Great Northern Highway in Port Hedland.

BHP stated that the removal of the rail crossing would provide road users with additional safety benefits, improved journey times and a better alternative access for those travelling to and from South Hedland.

The company is also set to fund the construction of a second bridge over its rail line to the south at Buttweld Road, and help close the remaining BHP rail crossing on Powell Road.

“BHP’s total contributions will be in excess of $45 million, an investment that will deliver local jobs in the construction phase and lasting benefits to the Hedland community from a safety and a convenience perspective,” BHP general manager for rail operations Warren Wellbeloved said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the projects would remove road and rail conflicts at three major rail crossings in the Pilbara.

“Upgrades to these crossings will improve safety for road and rail users, increase efficiency and reduce travel times while also supporting local jobs,” Minister Saffioti said.

The projects are expected to be complete in April 2022.

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