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Northern Territory to undertake road safety investigation

Four of Darwin’s major arterial roads are set to be investigated ahead of potential lighting and safety upgrades later this year.

The $2.3 billion invested in transport infrastructure in the Northern Territory’s recent state budget will include safety and lighting upgrades for four of the region’s busiest arterial roads.

A consultancy tender has been out to market to conduct an investigation into the lighting infrastructure for the Stuart Highway, Bagot Road and McMillans Road in Darwin to improve road safety for drivers and pedestrians alike.

The review is expected to commence September this year and will take 12 weeks to complete, with the results set to inform any next steps on upgrading the roads.

The upgrade recommendations sought include:

  • Stuart Highway – from the intersection on Bagot Road to Bombing Road, including the Bombing Road intersection.
  • Bagot Road – from the intersection of the Stuart Highway to the intersection of Trower Road, including both Trower Road and Snell Street intersections.
  • McMillans Road – from the intersection of Bagot Road to the intersection of Vanderlin Drive, including the Vanderlin Drive roundabout.

Over 68,000 vehicles use these major arterial roads, with any looming safety upgrades likely to help push towards the government’s long-term goal of zero road deaths and serious injuries.

“We are focused on making sure every Territorian is safe on our roads,” Chief Minister Eva Lawler says.

“The Territory’s road toll is too high, and we all need to play our part to ensure Territorians get home safely.”

The Stuart Highway runs a total of 2729km from South Australia’s Port Augusta, through Alice Springs to Darwin.

Of the $2.3 billion committed to transport infrastructure by the Northern Territory government $91.8 million has been set for use on road safety initiatives, with a further $1.67 million committed towards road safety education.

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