New truck bypass for busy NT road

The Federal Labor Government has announced that it will provide up to $10 million for the first stage of the Northern Territory's Katherine Bypass.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, the new Katherine bypass will eventually deliver safer and smoother driving conditions for heavy vehicles and other vehicles travelling through Katherine on the Victoria Highway and Stuart Highway.

“Currently, the main street corridor is the only existing transport route through Katherine and during the peak tourism season, it has to accommodate a mix of pedestrian traffic, tourist traffic and heavy vehicles,” he said. “Getting heavy vehicles off local streets will make it safer for all road users and make Katherine a better place to live.”

The funding will build the first stage of the Katherine Bypass and includes an upgrade of Bicentennial Road to provide for increased heavy vehicular traffic; an upgrade of the intersections of the Stuart Highway and Bicentennial Road and Victoria Highway and Bicentennial Road; and planning for the further stages of the heavy vehicle bypass that takes into account the proposed freight hub.

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