Construction starts on Port Keats Road upgrade

Media Release

JB118/2014

03 November 2014

Joint release with:

Hon. Peter Styles MLA

NT Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are getting on with building world class infrastructure to improve flood immunity on the Moyle Floodplain, with construction works to start on the Port Keats Road upgrade this Monday (27 October).

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said two locations on Port Keats Road would be upgraded to boost the region's economic capacity and reduce the effects of flooding.

“Some sections of road are in poor condition with access often limited and load restrictions in place during the wet season which impacts on local business performance and stifles economic growth,” Mr Briggs said.

“This project is an important part of our record $602 million investment in world class infrastructure to create jobs and build a stronger and more prosperous Northern Territory.

“The Australian Government is investing $18 million in this project and the Northern Territory Government a further $2 million.”

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Styles said the tender was awarded on 14 October to Allan King & Sons Construction Pty Ltd, a locally based Northern Territory company, to carry out the upgrade works.

“Works will include the construction of a new three kilometre section of road, and an upgrade of 18 kilometres of road on the Moyle Floodplain to elevate it above the seasonally inundated areas,” Mr Styles said.

“The new road alignment which will eliminate dangerous tight bends and the sealing of floodways will improve safety and reduce road closure times.

“During construction there will be some speed restrictions and detours so it is important for road users to be aware for safety reasons.”

Works on the Port Keats Road—Moyle River Floodplain project are expected to be finished by late 2015.