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Tiger Brennan Drive duplication moves into next stage

Media Release

WT196/2014

09 October 2014

Joint release with:

Peter Styles

Northern Territory Minister Transport and Infrastructure

New stages of the Tiger Brennan Drive duplication will soon be under construction with the managing contract awarded to BMD Constructions Pty Ltd today.

“I am pleased to confirm that a contract for the duplication between Woolner Road and Berrimah Road has been awarded and construction will begin next month,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said.

“The phase is in the hands of BMD, a company that has operated in Darwin for the past 18 years. There will be in excess of 200 people employed to deliver this major project that includes over 9 kilometres of upgrades.

“Darwin is expanding rapidly, and with more vehicles on the road I am pleased this main access route into Darwin from the east will reduce travel times and ease congestion for motorists.”

Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs, said the Commonwealth's strong financial commitment to Tiger Brennan Drive is consistent with its promise to drive economic growth through improved infrastructure.

“The Australian Government's funding support enabled the fast-track completion of the first Stage duplication between Dinah Beach Road and Woolner Road and I look forward to works getting underway on the next stages of the project.

“The Commonwealth's $70 million capped contribution towards this project reflects our focus on growing northern Australia and capitalising on Darwin's role as Asia's gateway.

“The construction by BMD of a new carriage-way separate from the existing road is a sensible initiative that will reduce disruption to motorists during construction.”

The Tiger Brennan Drive upgrade is part of a $103 million project jointly funded by the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Government as part of the Infrastructure Investment Program.

“The managing contractor will manage, on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, sub-contractors and major works packages”, said Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure Peter Styles.

“The contractor will assist the Giles Government in delivering a new inbound dual carriageway and converting the existing carriageway into a dual outbound lane.

“Cutting congestion and commute times is top priority for commuters and completion of these works will allow a more seamless access link to the Darwin CBD.”