A $10 million tender to upgrade and seal a further 15 kilometres of the Plenty Highway has been awarded to Exact Contracting.
Northern Territory Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler said the works will improve safety and wet weather reliability on Plenty Highway, which forms part of the 2800-kilometre Outback Way.
“These works are improving the flood immunity of the highway, reducing the need for road closures after heavy rainfall and supporting future growth by linking key transport and logistic hubs,” Ms. Lawler said.
“More than 175 local jobs have been created to date, and more will be available as additional sections of the Plenty Highway are upgraded to a sealed standard, with further funding provided under the National Partnership Agreement.”
This project builds on the Australian and Northern Territory Governments rolling Outback Way investment, with a total of $154.55 million committed since 2013.
“The partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments identified the Plenty Highway and Tjukaruru Roads as being the highest priority sections in the Northern Territory through the Outback Way Investment Strategy,” Ms. Lawler said.
“The short term priority sections identified in the Outback Way Investment Strategy are now complete, with construction now moving into delivering the medium term priorities, providing the benefits of upgrading and sealing Australia’s longest shortcut, sooner.”
Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the Plenty Highway is an important link for inter-state and inter-regional travel.
“It’s a major freight route in the Northern Territory as well as a part of the Outback Way, which connects Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland,” Mr. McCormack said.
“It’s also the third and shortest major road link between Perth and Cairns. The improvements we make on this highway will benefit multiple industry sectors and a growing flow of traffic.”