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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Last highway level crossing in the NT is now history

Media Release


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.”