Sitzler to build two new bridges on Roper Highway

Media Release

WT326/2015

13 October 2015

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

Nigel Scullion

Senator for Northern Territory

Flood immunity works on the Roper Highway will soon commence with the tender awarded for the construction of two new bridges at Roper River and Wilton River.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Sitzler Pty Ltd had been selected to build the new bridges and carry out the road upgrades.

“The Australian Government is contributing $32 million to the project which is part of the Regional Roads Productivity Package under the Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.

“In total, the Australian Government is investing $90 million under the Northern Territory Regional Roads Productivity Package, which includes upgrading six regional roads to improve flood immunity, safety and reliability for communities.

Senator for Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the project will improve access to local communities, such as the Ngukurr and Numbulwar by reducing future closure times at the crossings.

“The existing Roper River and Wilton River crossings are bed level crossings and during the wet season, they are prone to flooding, making the highway impassable for a significant portion of the year,” Senator Scullion said.

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said in addition to the construction of high level bridges over the two crossings, 7.3 kilometres of approach roads will be reconstructed including a realigned section of the Roper Highway.

“On-site activities will start this month, with major works to commence in April 2016 following the wet season,” Mr Chandler said.

“Sitzler will manage delivery of the project and are focused on increasing indigenous employment through release of small works packages aimed at Indigenous Business Enterprises and local contractors.”

The Roper Highway project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $32 million and the Northern Territory Government contributing $8 million.