Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Two new high-level bridges for NT's Victoria Highway

Media Release

JB091/2015

26 August 2015

Joint release with:

Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Transport
NT Minister for Infrastructure

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are getting on with delivering world class infrastructure with two new bridges set to start construction next month at the crossing of the Victoria Highway and Saddle Creek.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs announced today that the construction contract has been awarded to Advance Civil Engineering Pty Ltd for $6.6 million.

“These new bridges will be accessible to motorists all year round being built to a height that will withstand anything up to a one-in-fifty-year flood,” Mr Briggs said.

“Works will also include reconstructing 800 metres of the Victoria Highway to raise the level of the bridge approaches.

“This project is a vital part of our record $654 million investment in world class infrastructure to create jobs and build a stronger and more prosperous Northern Territory.”

Northern Territory Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said it is estimated the completed works will reduce the average time Saddle Creek crossing is closed each year from 18 hours to less than one hour.

“The works will improve the safety and efficiency of the upgraded sections of the Victoria Highway, particularly for freight vehicles and road trains that make up a significant portion of vehicles using Northern Territory highways,” Mr Chandler said.

“The resulting transport efficiency gains will reduce costs for freight operators and businesses throughout the Northern Territory.”

The Australian Government has committed $77 million to the Northern Territory Roads Package for upgrades to NT roads on the National Land Transport Network.

The Australian Government has allocated $11 million for flood immunity improvements on the Victoria Highway.