Northern Territory road wrap up

The 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 Territory.

The 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 Territory.

In the southern region of the Territory:

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 181.4 km to 189.8 km. Subject to finalising agreements with the Australian Government, works are expected to commence 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 4m wide sealed standard and has now come to the end of its maintained life. The section targeted for reconstruction is from 303 km to 318 km and will be widened to a 7 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 498.89 km long rural arterial road, extending from the Stuart Highway approximately 68 km 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 20 km to a two lane standard from the end of the new seal. The work will be constructed to a rural cross-section with a 9 metre road formation with 7 metre seals and associated drainage work. The tender has already been released, and pending Australian Government approval, construction is anticipated to start mid 2018 with completion expected for February 2019.

To the western region of the Territory:

Buntine Highway – The Highway is a 558 km long rural arterial road and runs from Victoria Highway to the Western Australian Border. The first 336 km of the Buntine Highway pavement is sealed whereas the remaining 222 km 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 estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.

For more information on road and other Department projects please go to www.dipl.nt.gov.au

A section of the Butine Highway which has been restored. The road is clean with newly painted lines. The road is straight and the sky is clear. Dirt and several trees are either side if the road.