Construction tender open for $77.8M Adelaide River Flood Plains upgrade

The Northern Territory Government has released the construction tender for the first package of works on the $77.8 million Adelaide River Flood Plains upgrade.

The project will deliver upgrades to 6.5 kilometres of the Arnhem Highway at the flood plains in the Northern Territory in a bid to improve the road’s flood immunity and safety.

The upgraded section of the highway will be built next to the existing road alignment, and includes raising the height of the road by 1.3 metres above the existing road level and delivering 13 bridge structures along the new alignment.

The project is being tendered in two stages, with the first stage of earth works now released and the second tender for the manufacture and installation of the bridges work scheduled for release in January 2019.

Acting NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison welcomed the tender release, and said the works are key to ensuring year-round access to the Kakadu National Park area.

“The Arnhem Highway is a major transport link connecting Darwin and Kakadu National Park – a major tourist attraction to the Northern Territory, and the service centre of Jabiru. It also connects local primary producers and industry to Darwin, facilitating the export of key resources and produce to Darwin and beyond,” Ms. Manison said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the Arnhem Highway was often closed due to flooding of the Adelaide River.

“This can cause extensive delays of up to 10 days at a time, effecting the economic viability of tourism and other key industries in the area and much inconvenience for residents and travellers,” Mr. Scullion said.

Construction works are expected to commence in the first half of 2019 and be completed by late 2020.

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