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Tablelands HWY upgrade to improve freight capacity and efficiency

  • Posted on Thursday 5th, September 2019.

Works to progressively strengthen the Tablelands Highway in the Northern Territory should improve freight capacity and efficiency according to Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack.

A $12 million contract has been awarded to Aldebaran Consulting to upgrade 13 kilometres of the Tablelands Highway to a new seven-metre seal according to the Northern Territory Government. The upgrades are reported to be delivered in stages, with the first stage of 15.5 kilometres completed in July 2019.

A further 13 kilometres is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019, weather permitting.

“These works are making the Tablelands Highway safer and more reliable, with additional safe passing opportunities and a widened pavement reducing the risk of vehicle roll over and run off crashes,” said McCormack.

“Making the road a smoother and safer drive will also have immense flow-on benefits for freight operators, improving the region’s freight capacity and efficiency,” he said.

Northern Territory Senator, Sam McMahon, said these works will improve connectivity for a range of local communities “who rely upon this road for supplies throughout the wet season, making wet season closures less common and less imposing on the community”.

“The Tablelands Highway is a major connector for pastoral properties and the cattle industry – this project is easing pressures on our agricultural industry while securing the long-term commercial interest of the Territory,” he said.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian ($9.7 million) and Northern Territory ($2.4 million) Governments, forming part of a combined $25 million project which will upgrade 32 kilometres of the Tablelands Highway.

In July, the Federal Australian Government outlined its NT road investments.

(Image: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack.)

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