The Barkly Stock Route services some of the largest cattle stations in Australia.
The upgrades will provide a more reliable link between the Stuart Highway and the Tablelands highway with works beginning in March 2019.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the Barkly Stock Route was unsealed and wet weather conditions resulted in dangerous slippery surfaces.
“The upgrade to a sealed standard of road will improve safety and boost the region’s heavy vehicle industry,” he said.
Northern Territory Labor Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said the Barkly Stock Route was an important connection for local communities, industry and transport operators.
“This route is one of the most important road arteries in the Northern Territory.
“These upgrades will not only provide jobs during construction, but also support jobs into the future,” she said.
The construction phase of the Barkly Stock Route Upgrading Project is expected to be completed by October 2019.
The Federal Government has committed $10 million to the project, with a further $2.5 million provided by the Northern Territory Government.
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