• Funding program Roads of Strategic Importance
  • Status Under construction
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Early 2020 - Mid 2028
  • Estimated project cost $87,500,000
  • Australian Government contribution $70,000,000
  • State NT

Project description

Upgrade roads infrastructure on and around the Northern Territory section of the Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor, such as the Barkly Highway.


This project will improve:

  • connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets
  • road safety
  • freight efficiency, connectivity and travel time
  • economic productivity
  • flood immunity on a key route in the region


The Australian Government has committed $270 million towards the Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor, of which $200 million has been committed to Queensland and $70 million to the Northern Territory.


Construction commenced in early 2020. Upgrades will continue on a rolling basis.

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