NT Government to seal remainder of Plenty Highway

The Outback Way is made up of seven interconnecting roads from Winton, Queensland to Laverton, Western Australia. 

The Northern Territory Government has awarded a $21 million tender to local Territory business Exact Contracting to seal the remaining of the Plenty Highway, a part of the Outback Way stretching from Western Queensland to Alice Springs. This package of works will support more than 50 jobs.

The Plenty Highway is being progressively sealed with projects recently completed and other works underway. The majority of the unsealed section of the road is below natural surface level which results in road closures and vehicle restrictions after heavy rains.

The main objective of this project is to continue the dual lane seal to improve overall road safety and riding quality, improve flood immunity, minimise vehicle weight and type restrictions, and support both current and future growth for mining, cattle and tourism, the Territory’s Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler said.

“Awarding of the next stage of sealing for the Plenty Highway means we will have 50 Territorians in a job while also creating a resilient link which provides access for the pastoral, mining and tourism sector as well as rural and remote communities,” she said.

The Territory Government has also released the Civil Works procurement plan for the next quarter, outlining to industry tenders available during this period, to assist local businesses in planning for future works.

Overall, the Civil Works procurement plan outlines 75 future project opportunities, including:

  • Design and construct of the Carpentaria Highway;
  • Sealing and upgrading close to 20 kilometres of the Roper Highway;
  • Upgrading and sealing 150kms of the Tanami Highway;
  • Road upgrades across various locations around the Darwin Northern Suburbs;
  • Bus stop maintenance contracts;
  • Upgrades to Oolloo Road;
  • Widening and strengthening of Dundee Place; and
  • Upgrades to multiple roads in the Gove region.

“Planning for future works means businesses can keep a steady workflow of employees, keeping Territorians employed,” Ms Lawler said.

To view the future projects tender visit: Future procurement – Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics


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