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Keep River Plains Road Upgrade

Funding Program:Northern Australia Roads Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2019 - Late 2020
Estimated Project Cost:$87,312,500
Australian Government Contribution:$62,210,000

Project Description

The Keep River Road connects the planned Project Sea Dragon and agricultural activities in Ord Stage 3 to processing facilities in Kununurra and export facilities at the Port of Wyndham.

The scope of works for this project includes the upgrade and sealing of approximately 26.8km of the Keep River Plains Road east from the Western Australia/Northern Territory border and the construction of two new bridges, one over the Keep River and the other over Sandy Creek.


The project will provide the following benefits:

  • increased route accessibility to support the planned Project Sea Dragon and Ord Stage 3 developments
  • improved freight capacity, through sealing of existing pavements
  • improved flood immunity, through provision of new bridges over the Keep River and Sandy Creek
  • increased regional productivity and economic development, through provision of year-round road access


The Australian Government has committed up to $62 million towards this $87 million project.


Construction commenced in August 2019 and is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 16/12/2019