Perth to Adelaide National Highway – ‘Orange Route’

Cost: $1.6 billion (Midland to Northam section)

The Orange Route is the proposed major freight route that will connect Midland and Northam which when completed will form part of the Perth-Adelaide National Highway (PANH), replacing the section of Great Eastern Highway, between Midland and Clackline as the primary freight route and regional highway to the East.

The Shire of Northam has continued to lobby for this project as detailed within its Corporate Business Plan for a number of years in order to ensure that the Shire has safe, well-maintained community infrastructure and services to a standard expected of a Regional Centre.

The Orange Route has been planned for more than 40 years and is considered the most desirable route to reduce heavy vehicle traffic through the Perth hills townships of Mundaring, Sawyer’s Valley and Baker’s Hill. It will also provide a safe connection to Roe Highway and the metropolitan road network.

It’s hoped the $1.6 billion highway will save lives by creating a safer route for all vehicles including double road-train vehicles (RAV 7) travelling through residential areas and the Perth foothills.

The Orange Route will allow road trains to access and breakdown at major distribution centres in Hazelmere and Forrestfield - without impacting on residential properties, saving operators significant time and costs.

The Route will also reduce the number of conflicting intersections by grade separating roads past Gidgegannup, and integrate the network by linking the metropolitan distributors of Northlink, Reid Highway and Roe Highway with the Eastern States.

View the Orange Route map here.

KEY POINTS

  • DUAL-CARRIAGEWAY UPGRADE OF TOODYAY ROAD.
  • NEW ROAD TO CONNECT TOODYAY ROAD TO GREAT EASTERN HIGHWAY.
  • UPGRADE OF GREAT EASTERN HIGHWAY FROM WOOROLOO TO NORTHAM.