Stage Two of major upgrades to various sections of the Carpentaria Highway is underway.
A key access road to the Beetaloo Sub-basin, Borroloola and an important service route for the pastoral, tourism, agricultural and mining sectors, the Carpentaria Highway is also a main route for supplies and transport for Glencore’s McArthur River Mine.
The $150 million project is jointly funded over four years ($120 million from the Australian Government and $30 million from the Northern Territory Government).
The upgrades to the Carpentaria Highway complement multiple strategic projects currently underway that aim to bring the Territory’s vision to become a world-class gas production, manufacturing and services hub to reality.
Upgrading the Carpentaria Highway involves sealing, reconstruction, widening and elevating the road alignment to increase flood immunity.
Access to health services and economic opportunities are set to follow according to Member for Barkly, Steven Edgington.
“As the Member for Barkly I know how important this road is to everyone in my electorate and ensuring it is safe is a big priority for me,” he said.
“Having completed the first 48 kilometres, Exact Contracting will now focus on the next stage of upgrades expected to be a further 59 kilometres.”
Traffic management signs and a detour are now in place.