Aldebaran Consulting has been awarded a $12 million contract to upgrade thirteen kilometres of the Northern Territory‘s Tablelands Highway.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said upgrades would be delivered in stages, with the first stage of 15.5 kilometres completed in July 2019.
“These works are making the Tablelands Highway safer and more reliable, with additional safe passing opportunities and a widened pavement, reducing the risk of vehicle roll over and run off crashes,” Mr. McCormack said.
“Making the road a smoother and safer drive will also have immense flow-on benefits for freight operators, improving the region’s freight capacity and efficiency.”
State Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler said the works will improve connectivity in the region and reduce wet season closures.
“These works are supporting more than 60 local jobs and creating further opportunities for the Barkly beef industry, mining, and tourism in the Territory,” Ms. Lawler said.
“Our targeted improvements to the Tablelands Highway to support local pastoralists, mining, tourism, and local communities will create a safer road environment for all – reducing road restrictions that would normally apply for months of the year.”
The project is jointly funded by the Australian ($9.7 million) and Northern Territory ($2.4 million) Governments, forming part of a combined $25 million project which will upgrade 32 kilometres of the highway.