Road project to cut congestion and increase freight efficiency: Albanese

By: Jason Whittaker


Construction is to begin on extending Tiger Brennan Drive in the Northern Territory in an effort to reduce traffic congestion

Construction is to begin on extending Tiger Brennan Drive in the Northern Territory in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and streamline freight transport.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese met with Northern Territory Infrastructure Minister Delia Lawrie today as construction started on the $110 million project.

Stage one of the Tiger Brennan Drive extension is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

It will duplicate lanes on Berrimah Road between Tiger Brennan Drive and Wishart Road and create dual turning lanes to address the congestion experienced there during peak hours.

Albanese says the project will ease congestion and prepare Darwin and Palmerston for the challenges of the 21st century.

"The Rudd Government has committed $74 million to this vital project to help the Territory build on the economic opportunities of the Port of Darwin," he says

"Darwin is fast becoming a major point of trade and we are determined to improve road networks and take advantage of economic opportunities."

"This project should streamline access to the East Arm Port for trucks and trains to help deal with increases in freight transport."

Lawrie, whose government is investing $36 million on top of Federal Government funding, says the project will slash travel times.

"People travelling between Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area can look forward to a faster and safer trip in the future," she says.

Local Member for Solomon Damian Hale says the project will also equate to less trucks on local streets.

Environmental assessment and engineering works on stage two, which will include the flyover and 7 km extension of Tiger Brennan Drive to the Stuart Highway, are already underway.

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