Stuart Highway upgrade: Alice Springs

The Northern Territory Government is upgrading the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs, maintaining this vital arterial route to a high standard. 

This project will significantly improve the safety and capacity of this section of the Stuart Highway, and future-proof it for growth and investment.

The project will upgrade approximately 1.9 kilometres of highway from the Motor Vehicle Registry to Herbert Heritage Drive. This section of highway currently experiences high levels of heavy vehicle traffic, travelling through and accessing businesses along this section.

This project is currently in the project planning phase.  Consultation with stakeholders and the broader community is underway, and feedback gathered will inform project design.

Construction is expected to begin in mid 2017, with completion likely in late 2017.

This $10 million project is being delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Northern Territory Roads Package - Road Safety and Fatigue Management Programme. 

Proposed works

This project will significantly improve the safety and capacity of this section of the Stuart Highway. The works will include:

  • a dual carriageway;
  • dedicated turning lanes;
  • upgrades to existing intersections;
  • dedicated parking bays;
  • upgrades to existing street lighting;
  • kerbing and guttering, and an underground stormwater drainage system;
  • a bus stop; and
  • improved accesses to the information bay.

Existing accesses to businesses or properties on this section of the Stuart Highway will remain the same, following project completion.


Want to find out more?

Shopping centre displays will be in place in Alice Springs in early December to allow people to view the plans and provide feedback.  Details are below:

  • Alice Plaza, Saturday 3 December, 9am to 1pm
  • Yeperenye Shopping Centre, Saturday 10 December, 9am to 1pm



If you have any questions or would like further information, please call the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics on (08) 8951 5551 or email

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Last updated: 06 February 2018