The Plenty Highway Upgrading project, which includes 20 kilometres of sealing and flood resilience works in the Northern Territory, is moving ahead following the awarding of the works contract.
The contract for construction of the first package of works has been awarded to Exact Contracting for $12.6 million.
The project on the Plenty Highway, which forms part of the 2800-kilometre Outback Way, will be delivered under the Australian Government’s $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP), with up to $20 million going towards the full project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Government’s investment through the NARP was specifically targeting high-priority roads essential to the movement of people and freight in order to support the North’s development.
“The works will provide flood resilience and reduce the need for vehicle weight restrictions and road closure after heavy rainfall, which will give cattle producers in the area confidence they can transport their cattle to market efficiently,” Mr. McCormack said.