Vanderlin Drive duplication

This Northern Territory Government funded project includes duplicating approximately 2.7km of Vanderlin Drive between Mueller Road to the McMillans Road roundabout.


Once complete, the project will support the growth of Darwin and improve road safety.

Project timeline

Tender closed: July 2016

Works commenced: Late August 2016

Works complete:  Forecast December 2017 (weather permitting)

About the project

A contract has been awarded for the Vanderlin Drive duplication works between Mueller Road and McMillans Road.

Local Darwin company, Ostojic Group, commenced work on the project in August 2016. There will be 68 people employed to deliver this work during the project.

The duplication of this section of Vanderlin Drive will stretch over 2.7 kilometres and provide two dedicated traffic lanes for both inbound and outbound motorists.

As part of the works, four intersections will also be upgraded along Vanderlin Drive including Shoal Bay Recycling Centre, Kalymnos Drive, Calytrix Road and Manunda Terrace.

Vanderlin Drive is a key connector route between the northern suburbs, Berrimah and Palmerston.

The project will improve road safety along the busy route and reduce congestion from the northern suburbs to McMillans Road, Stuart Highway and Palmerston.

The road works will result in minor delays with speed restrictions and lane closures to be put in place under traffic management.


Current Works

Changes to traffic movement

Traffic moved over to the upgraded alignment

From Friday 22 September, traffic travelling towards Casuarina will be moved over to the upgraded section of Vanderlin Drive, from the McMillians Road roundabout.

Motorists travelling towards Palmerston will continue to use the newly constructed section ofVanderlin Drive.

In the interest of road user safety and to allow works to continue on the duplication, traffic in each direction is limited to one lane.

Calytrix Road

The bulk of the work to upgrade the Calytrix Road and Vanderlin Drive intersection is complete and the intersection will be fully opened from today, Thursday 21 September.

Access to the Shoal Bay Rubbish Facility

The newly constructed intersection to the rubbish facility will open from Friday 22 September

and allow access for traffic travelling in both directions. The temporary detour is to be closed and removed.

Future Works

The project is nearing completion, and over the next few weeks leading to the end of November the following work will be carried out:

Kalymnos Road Intersection

Final commissioning and activation of the new traffic signals will take place. Prior to operation of the signals, five working days’ notice will be provided via print and Facebook advertising.

Work to finalise the footpaths and shared paths at and near the Kalymnos Drive intersection will be completed. The footpath from Kalymnos Drive leading towards the

Calytrix Road Intersection

The intersection was made operational on Thursday 22 September, work to be undertaken to complete the upgrade includes concreting of pits and kerbing and installation of street lights.

Manunda Terrace Intersection

A majority of the work is completed at the Manunda Terrace intersection. Work to complete the intersection upgrade includes finalising the construction of pedestrian crossing points.


Final landscaping along the length of the duplication will be progressively carried out as road work finishes. The landscaping includes planting of trees, grass and installation of irrigation.

Vanderlin drive map 


You can contact the Department’s Civil Projects division with any queries about this project by either:

Last updated: 08 November 2018