Tjukaruru and Tanami roads tender releases

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The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with the Australian Government, has released two tenders to upgrade key roads in Central Australia.

The tenders will upgrade a 27-kilometre stretch of Tjukaruru Road as well as 59 kilometres of the Tanami Road.

These upgrades address priority sections of both Tjukaruru Road and Tanami Road, while improving road service standards for all users across Central Australia.

Tjukaruru and Tanami Roads are key regional roads, servicing many remote communities, agriculture, resource and tourism activities.

The upgrades will:

  • improve accessibility to remote communities in the area
  • improve road safety, through sealing of unsealed pavements
  • increase flood immunity, through pavement strengthening along the route
  • reduce vehicle-operating costs for freight and passenger vehicles utilising Tjukaruru and Tanami roads, and
  • improve Indigenous employment and business enterprise opportunities.

The upgrades on Tjukaruru Road will see road sealing of 27 kilometres of road, heading west from Kata Tjuta, through to Armstrong Creek.

The upgrade will establish an 8m two-lane carriageway seal on a 9m wide formation within the extents of the current road alignment.

The 59 kilometres of upgrade and seal to the Tanami Road will extend past the turnoff to Yuendumu toward Chilla Well.

The upgrade is to establish a 9m two-lane carriage seal on a 10m wide formation within the extents of the current road alignment.

The Tjukaruru Road is part of the Outback Way, a national east-west link connecting Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland, via the Northern Territory.

The Tanami Road forms part of the Alice Springs to Halls Creek Roads of Strategic Importance corridor, connecting Alice Springs with North-West Western Australia.

The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with the Australian Government, recently completed the seal of the Tanami Road through to Yuendumu.

The Australian and Northern Territory government’s investment in the Outback Way and the Roads of Strategic Importance Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridor will further develop the transport network.

Development will improve safety and reduce travel times, in addition to cutting costs for freight operators and enhancing economic opportunities for cattle, mining and tourism industries.

The tenders are scheduled for award in early 2022, with construction commencement to follow.

Recent upgrade works to Tjukaruru Road
Recent upgrade works to Tjukaruru Road. Photo credit – Black Cat Civil

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