A $73 million tender has been awarded to seal 150 kilometres of the Tanami Road in Central Australia, from chainage 271.81 kilometres to 421 kilometres.
The contract, jointly funded by the Federal and Northern Territory governments, has been awarded to Northern Territory business Exact Contracting for the construction of the first stage of the works, as well as planning for the second stage.
A vital inter-regional link connecting Alice Springs to Western Australia, the Tanami Road is a key freight route for the mining and pastoral industries. It also services several Indigenous communities and is an important access road for tourists.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said good roads were essential to the Northern Territory.
“These upgrades will support regional and local economic development and creative more jobs by allowing locals, visitors and workers to get around the region more quickly and safely,” she said.
Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said sealing the territory’s roads would reduce wear and tear on vehicles, reduce freight costs and improve reliability.
“Sealing the next 150 kilometres of the Tanami will be greatly welcomed by all who have to regularly travel that route, particularly freight haulers, pastoralists and locals. The unsealed road is difficult to maintain and is often in a poor state,” she said.
Works on the first 60-kilometre section are expected to commence in July 2022 and completed by September 2023. Construction on the second stage is projected for October 2023.
Exact Contracting previously sealed an 11.8-kilometre stretch of Tanami Road in late 2021 through an early works package.
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