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NT awards road flood resilience works contract

The two contracts, worth more than $1 million collectively, form part of the NT and federal governments’ $217 million Territory road upgrade program

The Northern Territory government has awarded two contracts to help improve roads in the Territory and their flood immunity.

The Territory government has awarded a $350,000 contract for GHD to design flood immunity improvements and $990,000 for Douglas Partners to undertake geotechnical investigations.

The GHD contract will allow it to design flood immunity improvements on an eight kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway near Daly Waters, south of Katherine.

The construction design includes an engineering survey and geotechnical investigation on the key transport and logistics route.

On top of this, the project is set to improve connectivity, freight productivity, road safety and access to health and social services for remote communities.

The construction tender will be released once designs are completed, with works to commence during 2025.

Douglas Partners will undertake geotechnical investigations on the Central Arnhem Road to inform three upgrade packages to improve flood immunity, road safety, travel time and accessibility.

Both contracts are part of the federal and NT governments’ jointly funded $217 million NT Industry Roads program that will upgrade priority roads to support local industries.

NT infrastructure, planning and logistics minister Joel Bowden says planning is underway to determine the scope of the remaining upgrades to be delivered under the program, including the potential planning for long-term upgrades along Central Arnhem Road, connecting Nhulunbuy to the Stuart Highway.

“The Territory government is building a stronger, more resilient road network to improve the Territory’s connectivity with the rest of Australia,” Bowden says.

“We are planning for the future and these projects will improve flood resilience for the Territory’s connections to the national highway network.

“By investing in the Territory’s roads, we continue to improve year round connectivity and unlock economic opportunities in the NT.”

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