Premier Mark McGowan announced the start of BHP’s $31 million dollar Port Hedland road-over-rail project at a sod turning event on Tuesday which will construct a 34 metre bridge south of Buttwell Road. The project includes the closure of Powell Road and construction of traffic roundabouts at the Dalton and Hamilton Roads intersections. Roundabouts will be built either side of the rail line and complement the road-over-rail bridges by removing access over the rail crossing. It is part of an estimated $68 million package of works in conjunction with Main Roads WA. The $31.48 million contract was awarded to the Highway Construction-Albem Operations joint venture and fully funded by BHP. Premier McGowan said his government is pleased to partner with BHP and the Commonwealth to support the upgrades. “This is an important package of improvements that will bring major safety and economic benefits to Port Hedland,” he said. “The three rail crossings carry a total of 6,000 vehicles per day, and providing bridges removes the risk of accidents. “It also eliminates the need for people to wait in their vehicles while long freight trains pass by.” The works are expected to be finished late in 2022 with 90 jobs estimated to be created over the course of the project.