Exploring the Pilbara Road Network - Roads, Roads and More Roads

Posted on: Monday, 26 February 2018 at 12:00:00 AM

Exploring the Pilbara Road Network - Roads, Roads and More Roads

Covering an area of more than 505,000 square kilometres with 1148 kms of sealed and 5653 kms of unsealed local roads, the four Local Governments in the Pilbara region have a big task to continually maintain and work to improve this vast road network.1


The Shires of Ashburton and East Pilbara, the City of Karratha and the Town of Port Hedland work continually to maintain and improve their road networks, keeping track of the condition they are in and who is using them.

These Local Governments aim to ensure that this happens on a priority basis and in a timely and efficient manner using data, work plans and community input.

With such a large proportion of unsealed roads, conditions can change quickly, particularly in the wet season.

Road condition reports are available on Pilbara Local Government websites and social media, providing information to drivers about which roads they can use and where to take extra care.

There are also vast distances to be travelled by a variety of road users who will encounter different types of hazards including livestock, wildlife and road trains. Road safety stakeholders in the Pilbara are working together to assist drivers in the region to be prepared before starting their travels. This includes providing information on:

  • the location of rest areas
  • tips on sharing the roads with road trains and livestock
  • how to avoid drink driving
  • the safety benefits of seatbelts and child car restraints, and the importance of driving to the conditions.

[1] WALGA, Online Local Government Directory, http://walga.asn.au/About-Local-Government/Online-Local-Government-Directory.aspx accessed 30/01/18.

For more information about road safety in the Pilbara region, visit http://www.roadwise.asn.au/roadsafety/pilbara.aspx.   



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