Funding boost for road upgrades in the NT

The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics in partnership with the Australian Government is working to deliver $110.9 million worth of major road projects across the state.

Projects in the southern region of the Territory include:

Tjukaruru Road – The road is a 189.8 km gravel road that extends from Kata Tjuta Road to the West Australian Border. The road is utilised by the local community and the tourism industry, and is subject to closure and vehicle restrictions after heavy rains and long periods of dry spells. The Tjukaruru Road is to be upgraded as part of the Outback Way Program which provides funding for the upgrade of arterial roads through central Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The works will include the upgrade and seal of the Tjukaruru Road between chainages 181.4km to 189.8km. Subject to finalising agreements with the Australian Government, works are expected to begin in late 2018 and be completed in 2019.

Tablelands Highway – The Highway is a main arterial road for the Barkly beef industry and is utilised by mining and tourism to the Gulf Country. The highway was built in the late 1960’s to a four metre wide sealed standard and has now come to the end of its maintained life. The section targeted for reconstruction is from 303km to 318km and will be widened to a seven metre seal to allow for safe passage of heavy and light vehicles. It is estimated that it will create 25 new job opportunities. Subject to finalising agreements with the Australian Government, the works will be completed in two parts and are expected to be finished late 2019.

Plenty Highway – The Highway is a 498.89km long rural arterial road, extending from the Stuart Highway approximately 68km north of Alice Springs to the Queensland Border. Plenty Highway is part of a transnational link known as the Outback Way which provides access for the pastoral, mining and tourism sector as well as rural and remote communities. The Plenty Highway is regionally significant, it is an arterial road providing the main or only means of access to the regional road network for the cattle industry, communities and tourists in the lower Barkly region. The majority of the unsealed section of the road is below the natural surface level which results in road closures and vehicle restrictions after heavy rains. The scope of the project involves the upgrade and seal of approximately 20km to a two lane standard from the end of the new seal. The work will be constructed to a rural cross-section with a nine metre road formation with seven metre seals and associated drainage work. The tender has already been released, and pending Australian Government approval, construction is expected to start mid 2018 and is expected to be completed by February 2019.

Projects in the western region of the Territory include:

Buntine Highway – The Highway is a 558km long rural arterial road and runs from Victoria Highway to the Western Australian Border. The first 336km of the Buntine Highway pavement is sealed whereas the remaining 222km is predominately unsealed. The project consists of upgrading selected sections of the Highway to a two-lane sealed standard, flood immunity improvements and upgrading of gravel sections. The Buntine Highway is a high priority cattle road and part of the Beef Roads Project, approximately 15 pastoral stations rely heavily on the Highway for transporting their cattle to the East Arm Port in Darwin for the Live export market. It is estimated by industry that in excess of 250,000 head of cattle are transported via this road each year. Subject to finalising agreements with the Australian Government, works are expected to be completed by the end of 2019. 

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