Local contractor to build new $6.7M Rocky Creek Bridge, NT

Construction has begun on a new two lane bridge and accompanying approach roads over the Rocky Creek Crossing in Borroloola, Northern Territory.

NT business Advance Civil Engineering will deliver the works which are expected to support 60 jobs over the life of the project including Aboriginal employment.

The new bridge will be 9.5 metres high, one metre higher than the existing road level which is expected to increase flood mitigation.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government was jointly funding this project under its Roads to Recovery program as safer roads save lives.

“Many key industries will benefit from the upgrades to Rocky Creek Bridge, as this important corridor provides more reliable links throughout the Borroloola region,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said the upgrades to Robinson Road will improve an important connection for the town of Borroloola.

“Making sure the town is connected, even after severe weather, is particularly important for ensuring the ongoing delivery of freight and essential services,” Lawler said.

“Supporting local businesses and creating jobs for Territorians is exactly what the NT needs right now – a government who delivers projects that support our local economy and provides ongoing economic benefits to the community.”

Chief Executive Officer of Roper Gulf Regional Council Phillip Luck said this has been a long time coming for the wider Roper Gulf region and Borroloola community members.

“The current crossing on Robinson Road in Borroloola is aged and on February 2017 Tropical Cyclone Alfred caused significant damage. The old bridge has been flooded many times over the years, causing community disruption,” Luck said.

“Council has worked closely with the NT Government and the McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust to design a replacement crossing that will minimise the potential for road closures in the future and increase flood immunity.”

McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust Chairman Mike Reed said raising the bridge responds to the concerns of the local community, who in the past have been completely cut-off during severe weather events.

“The new, elevated Rocky Creek Bridge at Borroloola will be a key piece of enabling infrastructure for the Gulf community, tourists and businesses,”  Reed said.

The total project cost is estimated at $6.7 million, the Federal Government will contribute $3.3million from the Roads to Recovery program, the NT Government are contributing $1.4 million. The McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust will contribute $1.4 million, and the Roper Gulf Regional Council will give $577,715.

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