Carpentaria Highway major upgrade
The Northern Territory (NT) Government will deliver a major upgrade of sections of the Carpentaria Highway.
It is a key access road to the Beetaloo Sub-Basin, Borroloola and an important service route for the pastoral, tourism, agricultural and mining sectors.
The road is also a key route for supplies and transport for Glencore’s McArthur River mine.
This is a $155 million project, jointly funded over four years ($120 million from the Australian Government, $30 million from the NT Government and an additional joint commitment of $5 million under the Road Safety Stimulus Package).
The upgrades to the Carpentaria Highway will complement multiple strategic projects currently underway that aim to bring the Territory’s vision to become a world-class gas production, manufacturing and services hub to reality.
The project will involve:
- other flood immunity improvements
Sealing of the road will be undertaken to a dual-lane standard, meaning one sealed lane in each direction, offering substantial safety benefits for all road users.
The project is expected to result in the following benefits:
- improved efficiency and network reliability
- improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways
- improved road safety for all road users, in line with Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan
- improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets
- improved flood immunity, thereby reducing annual road closures
- improved access to health and social services for remote and Indigenous communities
- increase Aboriginal employment and business supplier use.
Planning works are underway with the following investigations to commence in coming weeks:
- engineering survey
- geotechnical pavement investigation
- gravel and construction material investigations
- water bores and associated works
- concept design preliminary assessment.
Delivery is likely to be broken up into three packages that will involve both design and construction.
The first of these is to be advertised mid-2021 on Tenders Online, enabling detailed design to commence before 2021 wet season.
The project will contribute to the delivery of Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 high priority initiative: Enabling-infrastructure for developing the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.
Last updated: 01 June 2021
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