Works start on Wilton and Roper River bridges

Media Release

DC059/2016

24 April 2016

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

Flood immunity works have commenced on Roper Highway to construct two new bridges at the Wilton River and Roper River crossings, including associated road upgrades.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government is contributing $32 million to the project which is part of the Regional Roads Productivity Package under the Infrastructure Investment Programme.

“In total, the Australian Government is investing $90 million under the Regional Roads Productivity Package, which includes upgrading six regional roads to improve flood immunity, safety and reliability for communities,” Mr Chester said.

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said “In addition to the construction of high level bridges over the two crossings, 7.3 kilometres of approach roads will be reconstructed including a realigned section of the Roper Highway.

“The Roper Highway is a key road in the Northern Territory road network, linking cattle stations to domestic and international markets as well as access to the East Arnhem tourism region and to the mineral rich Roper Gulf region.

“During the wet season, the crossings are prone to flooding, making the highway impassable for a significant portion of the year.

“The project will improve access to the local communities, such as the Ngukurr and Numbulwar communities by reducing closure time at the crossings during the wet season.

“Traffic on the Roper Highway has increased at six per cent a year over the past decade and these flood immunity works will deliver the much needed infrastructure to benefit remote Indigenous communities as well as help to build a prosperous economy,” Mr Chandler said.

Sitzler Pty Ltd will manage delivery of the project as well as focus on increasing indigenous employment through the release of small works packages aimed at Indigenous Business Enterprises and local contractors.

The Roper Highway project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $32 million and the Northern Territory Government contributing $8 million.