$20 million to upgrade the Victoria Highway

Media Release

WT065/2015

06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

Northern Territory Minister for Transport

Improvements to flood immunity on the Victoria Highway at the Little Horse and Big Horse creek crossings will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works across Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $20 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to build new, higher level bridges at the Little Horse and Big Horse creek crossings to make the Victoria Highway more reliable in the wet season.”

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme would support the national and local freight task.

“These Victoria Highway projects will be jointly funded, with the Northern Territory Government providing all further funding above the $20 million Australian Government allocation,” Mr Chandler said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and Northern Territory governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Victoria Highway flood immunity projects is expected to commence in 2015–16.