Territory prepares for flooding with highway upgrades

Construction of the new Big Horse and Little Horse bridges, located on the Northern Territory’s Victoria Highway, are now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said that the Victoria Highway provides the only sealed link between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, linking the Great Northern Highway with the Stuart Highway. 

“The Australian Government committed $20 million to the project, which is part of the Perth-Darwin National Highway Network. 

“The new bridges will improve safety for road users and increase flood immunity, significantly reducing highway closures.” 

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler, said the Northern Territory Government is proud to have delivered such an important project for the Territory, providing $15.5 million to the project which supported more than 60 local jobs. 

“These upgrades are critical to improving year-round access and safety for the local Bulla and Amanbidji communities, Defence, the pastoral, agriculture and transport industries and tourists.

“This will improve the level of the flood immunity of the Victoria Highway to provide more reliable road access, whereas currently when the road floods, closures occur for up to four days. This upgrade will see this reduced to less than twelve hours.” 

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon, said the project would deliver new bridges that will be able to withstand up to a one-in-20-year flood event.

“In addition to the bridge replacements, the project also included the upgrading access roads linked to the intersections at the Big Horse Creek boat ramp and the Bradshaw Field Training area.

“The bridges are located approximately 300 kilometres west of Katherine, near the township of Timber Creek.”

The Big Horse, Little Horse Bridges project was jointly funded with the Australian Government, committing $20.01 million, and the Northern Territory Government, committing $15.5 million.

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