Pinelands road safety upgrades

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The final design for the staged road upgrades at Pinelands is now available. See the final design PDF (1.2 MB).

The Pinelands and Holtze precincts are busy industrial areas along the Stuart Highway, southeast of Darwin where businesses are serviced daily by heavy vehicles and road trains.

In 2016, the department commenced a planning study to improve safety and access into Pinelands and Holtze.

The objectives of the planning project are to:

  • improve road safety for heavy vehicles and all road users
  • provide more efficient and functional access to Pinelands and Holtze for all vehicles
  • address existing road safety concerns about access in and out of Pinelands and Holtze
  • upgrade infrastructure to accommodate future growth in the area
  • maintain an acceptable level of service for future traffic increases on arterial connecting roads
  • respond to the area's changing economic profile and future land use planning.

The final concept has been finalised based on three stages of community consultation.

The project will now progress to detailed design.

Construction staging will be decided once detailed design is complete. During construction, impact to local businesses will be minimised.

The final design includes the following:

  • a new link connecting Olive Place to Mander Road in Holtze
  • two new traffic signals to be installed at:
    • McKinnon Road (south) / Olive Place
    • McKinnon Road (north) / Mander Road intersections with the Stuart Highway
  • a new third lane on the Stuart Highway (outbound) to improve green time to make a safe right turn at Deviney Road
  • no major changes to inbound Stuart Highway service road (except improved line marking and road signs)
  • a new off-road shared path along the outbound Stuart Highway within Holtze
  • a new free-flow exit/entry into Pinelands from the Tiger Brennan Drive outbound lane.


Transport Planning
Phone: 08 8924 7118

Last updated: 30 September 2022

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