Fortescue opens Great Northern Highway overpass
PORT HEDLAND, Western Australia: Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has delivered Port Hedland residents a safer, more efficient way of crossing the company’s railway on the Great Northern Highway with the construction of a new overpass.
Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Nev Power joined Mayor of the Town of Port Hedland, Kelly Howlett, and Fortescue Project Director Port and Rail, Peter Thomas, in Port Hedland on Wednesday to officially open the rail crossing.
“The construction of the overpass reflects Fortescue’s ongoing commitment to the community of Port Hedland,” Mr Power said. “It will remove long delays waiting for trains to cross the Great Northern Highway and provide residents with a much safer journey.”
Fortescue and its contracting partners Calibre and Abigroup Contractors began work on the overpass earlier this year. It was built in collaboration with Main Roads Western Australia and followed a period of community consultation in 2011. The overpass was built on a new section of road adjacent to the existing Great Northern Highway level crossing to help maintain traffic flow into Port Hedland.
A public observation platform is also being constructed to enable tourists and the community to view Fortescue trains travelling to and from the company’s Pilbara mining operations to Herb Elliott Port.
Mr Thomas said participants in Fortescue’s inaugural community tours of the port and rail operations in June expressed their support for a viewing platform. “The tours were a great success and highlighted the importance of Fortescue working closely with the community to ensure they were well informed of our operations during a period of exciting growth.”
The existing section of the Great Northern Highway will be rehabilitated in line with Fortescue’s commitment to the environment.
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