Australian Government renewing six bridges across NT

Media Release

WT048/2015

27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

Six bridges in the Northern Territory will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that $6.25 million in federal funds will be pumped into local NT bridges—matched by the Northern Territory Government—to improve the territory's road network.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.

“By strengthening these six bridges, Northern Territory residents will enjoy better, more reliable road access.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

Northern Territory Minister Peter Chandler said that the project being funded, includes upgrades to six key bridges in the Territory's East, forming a significant upgrade to the overall network.

“The Tablelands Highway is a valuable transport link for regional towns in the Northern Territory, particularly for those getting cattle to market,” Mr Chandler said.

“These bridges are spread out over more than 200 kilometres and will ensure road and freight traffic can get to their destinations quickly.”

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for more details on this project.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Northern Territory

Proponent NameProject Name and LocationProject DescriptionAG Funds $000sTotal project cost ($000s)
Department of Transport Tablelands Highway—Six Bridges (Package 1) between Darwin and Alice Springs Tablelands Highway- Strengthening of six bridges, Package 1—Chainage 0km to 222km 6,250 12,500