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 September 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

Work is continuing on the duplication of Vanderlin Drive between Mueller Road and the McMillans Road roundabout. Once complete the duplicated carriageway will improve traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion between the northern suburbs and McMillans Road, Stuart Highway and Palmerston.

The road upgrade will provide two dedicated traffic lanes for both inbound and outbound traffic. Vanderlin Drive is a key connector route between Darwin’s northern suburbs and Palmerston, and the duplication will improve road safety and cater for future growth of the area.

As part of the next stage of the project, asphalt works will commence in the week beginning Monday May 15 and continue intermittently for the following two months. It is not anticipated there will be any distruption to traffic as a result of the asphalt works. Works will take place during day time hours only between 7am and 5pm.

Vanderlin drive duplication works - May 2017

Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility access road

Part of the project is the upgrade of the intersection of Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility access road and Vanderlin Drive. To enable work to be carried out on the existing intersection, a temporary entrance will be operational for all traffic from Monday May 29 until August 2017. Traffic management will be in place during work hours to direct heavy vehicles accessing the work site and to assist pedestrian and cyclist crossings. Temporary speed restrictions will be in place. Should you have any queries or concerns about the work being undertaken, please contact Senior Project Manager Ben Langdon on 8999 4822 or email

Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility Access Road Detous 

Community consultation

Community meetings regarding this project have been held in August and October Further to the last meeting, and taking community comments on board, it has been decided that traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Vanderlin and Kalymnos Drives.

Traffic lights will provide the following road safety benefits:

  • Improved road safety by providing orderly traffic movements
  • Reduced risk of serious crash types
  • Controlled intersection access from Kalymnos Drive based on traffic demand
  • Safe pedestrians and cyclists crossing facility provided on demand

Project scope

Works involve:

  • Duplicating over 2.7km of Vanderlin Drive to provide two dedicated traffic lanes each for inbound and outbound traffic
  • Upgrade four intersections
    • Shoal Bay Recycling Centre Road
    • Kalymnos Drive (including installing traffic signals)
    • Calytrix Road
    • Manunda Terrace
  • Street lighting
  • Landscaping 

Vanderlin drive map 


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

Last updated: 22 May 2017