Road upgrade on the way to ease Katherine's load

Media Release


29 October 2014

Joint release with:

Peter Styles

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

It's full steam ahead for the Katherine Heavy Vehicle project, with construction of Stage One now underway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said heavy vehicles and road trains using the main street of Katherine has been an ongoing issue.

“Stage One of the project includes an upgrade of the Stuart Highway and Bicentennial Road intersection, followed by the upgrade of the Victoria Highway and Bicentennial Road intersection,” Mr Truss said.

“These works are being fully funded with $5.5 million from the Australian Government, and are part of a long term plan to improve road safety by creating an alternative route around Katherine's CBD.”

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Styles said the Stuart Highway was the main freight link between the Northern Territory and the rest of Australia.

“The alternative route for heavy vehicles will deliver a safer and more convenient route for large vehicles travelling through Katherine on the Victoria Highway and Stuart Highway,” Mr Styles said.

“The main street in Katherine currently has to accommodate a mix of pedestrians, local and tourist traffic and heavy vehicles.

“Once completed, the project will greatly improve pedestrian safety whilst contributing to greater freight efficiency by providing an alternative route.

“Stage one will also deliver a better road surface, increased turning lane lengths and street lighting upgrades.”

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