Work begins on $10M Stuart Hwy duplication project

A major upgrade on the Stuart Highway is now underway to improve the road’s flood immunity, safety and efficiency in Alice Springs.A major upgrade on the Stuart Highway is now underway to improve the road’s flood immunity, safety and efficiency in Alice Springs.

As part of the $10 million project, the road will be duplicated and include intersection upgrades, new rest areas and truck parking bays to cate for increased traffic along the Stuart Highway, Victoria Highway and the Barkly Highway.

It will also include off road cycle and pedestrian paths, improved street lighting, upgrades to the kerb and gutters, undergrounding of drainage systems, landscaping using arid plants and improved access to the information bay.

Works will include the construction of two travel lanes in both directions along with dedicated turning lanes at various intersections.

Federal Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie said the upgrade is part of the Federal Governments National Network Road Safety and Fatigue Management Initiative.

“These projects will improve road safety on Northern Territory highways by providing heavy vehicle operators with additional rest opportunities and upgrading problematic intersections,” Ms McKenzie said.

Senator for Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the project was planning for the future of Alice Springs.

“This project will help reduce pressure on other roads in Alice Springs and provide commuters with safer and more efficient means of access,” Mr Scullion said.

The Stuart Highway project is the final project to be delivered under the $19 million National Network Road Safety and Fatigue Management Initiative package of works.

Works are expected to be completed in 2019, weather permitting.


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