Safety first for Carpentaria Highway

Media Release


28 November 2016

Joint release with:

Nicole Manison

NT Deputy Chief Minister NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory

  • Repairs completed on major access route for the Borroloola and Gulf Region
  • Upgrade to support up to 15 pastoral stations trucking cattle to Darwin
  • Redesigned Borroloola Jump Up section to help trucks navigate the steep highway

A $5.8 million upgrade of the Carpentaria Highway into Borroloola and the Gulf Region has been finished just in time for the wet season.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade of the 3.8 kilometre stretch was a key project for the Northern Territory under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

“This programme is all about improving the efficiency and safety of the national road network so truck drivers can deliver freight on time with less chance of being involved in crashes,” Mr Chester said.

Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion said the works were vital to the Territory's economy.

“The Carpentaria Highway is the major access route for Borroloola and the Gulf Region, especially for services provided out of Katherine and Darwin,” Senator Scullion said.

“These works have made the highway flatter through the dangerously steep Borroloola Jump Up section, which means it is easier for trucks travelling uphill and much safer for everyone travelling downhill. It also provides better sight distance to oncoming traffic reducing the risk of crashes.”

“Up to 15 pastoral stations rely on the Carpentaria Highway to carry around 30,000 cattle every year to the East Arm Port in Darwin for the live export market, making our investment in this project an investment in the livelihoods of locals and the national economy.”

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said mining and other industries relied on the Carpentaria Highway to do business.

“Getting fuel, as well as all the supplies and heavy equipment, in and out can be a real logistical challenge with wet season load restrictions, which is why we have repaired broken highway pavement and made it more resistant to wet season damage,” Ms Manison said.

The Carpentaria Highway upgrade was jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory governments.