The Australian Government has approved $100 million for 13 high priority road projects on the Outback Way to upgrade key east-west transcontinental links between Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
“Around 210 kilometres of Outback Way will be sealed and widened by mid-2021, including 182 kilometres which is currently unsealed,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.
“This is a major investment in a significant project, which will deliver substantial long-term benefits to every community it touches and the national economy.
“A safer and more efficient Outback Way will be a major boost to the tourism sector, businesses and remote communities that rely on the route as their key link across the north, and we have worked closely with northern jurisdictions and key stakeholders to identify each priority section requiring upgrading.
“The 13 projects approved today [10 November] have been identified as the highest priority sections across the route.
“The works to be undertaken will improve the reliability of the Outback Way, reduce travel times and costs to freight operators and improve access across the region while reducing the risk of accidents.
“The [Australian] Government is committed to ensuring these upgrades start as soon as possible to give communities and businesses the transport infrastructure they need to thrive,” he said.
Earlier this month, the first project under the $100 million Beef Roads Program was approved by the Australian Government.