The Northern Territory Government has released the tender to deliver the $39.9M Keep River Road Upgrade, which will see up to 28 kilometres of the road upgraded to improve flood immunity, freight capacity and productivity for cattle producers.
The tender calls for works to be delivered in two phases, with stage one works to deliver the initial 13 kilometres from the Western Australian border to a two-lane standard toward Legune Station, and a bridge over the Keep River.
In March 2018, the Northern Territory Government awarded a contract to local business, Allcast, to manufacture special bridge girders for the Keep River Bridge, a Territory first, with the moulds in Darwin.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said the project is anticipated to support more than 80 jobs and increase the economic development of the area through year round access.
“These works also stand to support the proposed Project Sea Dragon, the $1.45 Billion prawn aquaculture project – awarded Major Project Status, which has the potential to create around 1500 ongoing jobs and proposed projects such as the Ord Irrigation Scheme Stage 3 and the Weaber Plains Gas Field,” Ms. Lawler said.
The Keep River Road project is part of the Northern Australia Roads Program and is a partnership between the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government.
The Australian Government has approved $39.9 million for the first stage of the project, with the Territory Labor Government contributing $17.5 million in total for both stages of the project.