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Tablelands Highway - Road Upgrading

Funding Program:Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2018 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$25,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$20,000,000

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 over 28.5km of 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.

The project will be undertaken in two stages, Stage 1 is 15.5km and Stage 2 is 13km. 


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


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


Stage 1 construction commenced in mid 2018 and is expected to be complete by mid 2019. Both stages are expected to be completed by late-2019, weather permitting.

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Project details last updated: 29/11/2018