Last highway level crossing in the NT is now history

Media Release

WT367/2015

13 November 2015

Joint release with:

Adam Giles

NT Chief Minister
NT Minister for Economic Development and Major Projects

Nigel Scullion

Senator for the Northern Territory
Minister for Indigenous Affairs

A new rail overpass officially opened today 12 kilometres south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway removes the last remaining level crossing on the Northern Territory's National Highway network.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project was a clear example of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting the Northern Territory's economic future.

“The Australian Government fully-funded this $24 million project as part of our broader commitment to the Northern Territory under our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the project has been designed to eliminate the risk of collisions between rail and road traffic and improve safety and productivity.

“This has been achieved by building a grade-separated overpass which eliminates the need for traffic to stop on the highway in order to let trains pass through the old level crossing,” Senator Scullion said.

“This is particularly important for the large number of heavy vehicles which use the Stuart Highway to access markets in and between Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. For them, reduced travel times translates into improved productivity.”

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said the works included construction of a 40-metre long bridge and reconstruction of the 700-metre road approaches on either side of the bridge line.

“As a result of this major construction effort, all users of the highway, particularly heavy vehicle operators and the people of Alice Springs, will reap substantial benefits in terms of travel time savings and safety level improvements,” Mr Giles said.

Mr Giles said about 2000 vehicles a day passed over the crossing with traffic movements between Alice Springs and the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap, the Alice Springs Prison and the industrial area at Brewer estate providing significant commuter demands on the route.

“The highway is the principal road link between Adelaide and Darwin and as we develop the north, we will experience an increase in traffic demand between Alice Springs and Darwin with freight, tourist and local traffic,” he said.

“This project is an example of how the Northern Territory and Australian Governments are committed to building better roads and other infrastructure to improve road safety and keep the Territory moving ahead.”