Saddle Rail Creek Bridge and road upgrades complete

Upgrades to a 11.7 kilometre section of Port Keats Road including the construction of a new bridge over Saddle Rail Creek is now complete and open to the public.

The works were funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian and Northern Territory governments as part of the broader $75 million Adelaide River to Wadeye Corridor Upgrade under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.

Local business Allan King and Sons have recently finished works on the new two-lane sealed road and a new 45-metre span bridge on Port Keats Road over Saddle Rail Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this $12 million project supported 50 jobs during the peak of construction.

“This project is another example of the Australian Government’s investment in vital infrastructure, helping to connect communities and improve safety, while creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the upgraded bridge and two lane-sealed road would give further access to the communities Nauiyu, Peppimenarti, Nganmarriyanga, and Wadeye.

“Delivering on projects which allow for year round access is good for the Territory economy,” Dr McMahon said.

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler said these upgrades to Port Keats road will improve an important connection for our local communities, industry, transport operators and tourists.

“The new bridge and raised, sealed section of road will reduce the closures to three to five days each year, significantly boosting accessibility to these remote Territory communities,” Minister Lawler said.

“Connecting the Territory and making sure business can keep moving is important in cementing Australia’s comeback.”

Northern Territory Government Local Member for Daly Dheran Young says further access to the Daly region is an economic boost the region.

“Wadeye is one of Australia's largest remote Indigenous communities. The population of over 2,000 can be largely cut off from the rest of the Territory for up to a third of the year so these upgrades are vital for the community’s safety, health and economy.”

More information on the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative is available at:

Media contacts:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 |

Minister Lawler – Jasmine Roussos | 0439 003 248 |

Senator McMahon – Lance Northey | 0411 876 162 |