The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are delivering a major upgrade to various sections along 138 kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway.
Upgrades to the highway complement multiple strategic projects currently underway that aim to bring the Territory’s vision to reality – to become a world-class gas production, manufacturing and services hub.
It will include creating a two-lane sealed road with a raised formation to improve flood immunity and constructing culverts to improve cross drainage where required.
Minister for Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said the importance of quality roads is a major driving factor towards the project.
“We know how important good roads are to the NT. That’s why we are investing in key freight roads and access roads for remote communities across the Territory,” she said. “We know how important good roads are to the NT. That’s why we are investing in key freight roads and access roads for remote communities across the Territory.”
Stage one of construction will include the first 48 kilometres of the highway and is expected to be completed by April 2023.
Stage two will see upgrades from chainage 50 kilometres to chainage 140 kilometres.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler, said the highway is a key access road to Borroloola and surrounding regions, and is an important service route for the pastoral, tourism, agricultural and mining sectors, including to the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.
“Upgrading Carpentaria Highway will involve sealing, reconstruction, widening and elevating the road alignment to increase flood immunity, meaning this important route will have improved accessibility throughout the year, improving access to health services and economic opportunities,” she said.
“Connecting the Territory and making sure business can keep moving is important, and this local Territory business completing these works know how vital this road is.”