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Tablelands Highway - Road Upgrading

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Funding Programme:Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$25,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$20,000,000
State:NT

Project Description

The Tablelands Highway is a major highway in the Northern Territory essential to the transportation of cattle, connecting the Barkly and Carpentaria highways.

This project involves upgrades to selected sections of the Tablelands Highway to improve safety and efficiency for heavy vehicles transporting livestock, as well as for other road users.  The works will include upgrading to a two-lane sealed standard, pavement strengthening and widening and flood immunity improvements.

Benefits

The project will upgrade and improve the Tablelands Highway to enhance productivity, safety and northern development across the Barkly Tablelands region.  Benefits from the project will include:

  • improved road safety, through providing additional safe passing opportunities and widening of pavements, seal and culverts resulting in a reduction in vehicle roll over and runoff type crashes
  • improved freight capacity, efficiency and reliability, through a reduction in the duration and frequency of wet season road closures and weight and/or vehicle type restrictions
  • improved connectivity for local communities, particularly during the wet season, which rely on this road for supplies

Funding

The Australian Government has committed up to $20 million towards this $25 million project.

Timetable

Construction is expected to commence in early-2018, noting that the project is still in the early stages of development and the above project timelines are subject to change.

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Project details last updated: 8/02/2017