$73M contract awarded to seal Tanami Road link

The Australia and Northern Territory Governments are sealing 150 kilometres of the Tanami Road in Central Australia, from chainage of up to 421 kilometres.

Works on the first 60 kilometres section has seen $73 million awarded to local Territory business Exact Contracting, with the first stage of construction set to commence in July 2022 and be complete by September 2023.

The upgrades will improve connectivity and safety for mining and pastoral commuters of the vital inter-regional link between Alice Springs and Western Australia.

Minister for Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said the works will support regional and local economic development by easing transportation around the region for workers and tourists.

“Good roads are essential to the NT, which is exactly why we are partnering with the Northern Territory Government to deliver this upgrade,” she said.

Stage two is anticipated to commence in October 2023 and plans to seal the remainder of the Tanami Road are yet to be completed.

Northern Territory Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister, Eva Lawler, said the quality of the stretch of road is often poor despite attracting considerable traffic volumes including heavy vehicles.

“Sealing the next 150 kilometres of the Tanami will be greatly welcomed by all who have to regularly travel that route, particularly freight haulers, pastoralists and locals,” she said.

“The unsealed road is difficult to maintain.

“Sealing Territory roads makes for easy journeys meaning less wear and tear on vehicles, reduced freight costs, improved reliability and makes sure business keeps moving in a safe and productive way.”

In other news, a major upgrade to various sections along 138 kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway will soon commence.