Joint Press Release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss
Northern Territory motorists are set to benefit from increased road safety and productivity with the construction of a new rail overpass on the Stuart Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said construction on the new $24.14 million overpass, located 12 kilometres south of Alice Springs, would commence next month.
“The Australian Government is committed to delivering infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory that not only improve road safety, but also stimulate growth and development in the region,” Mr Truss said.
“The Stuart Highway overpass project will involve replacing an existing level crossing with a new 40 metre bridge over the rail line, connected with 700 metre approaches either side along the existing road.”
Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the works will eliminate the risk of collisions between rail and road traffic on the last remaining level crossing on the Northern Territory National Highway network, improving road safety and limiting disruptions to traffic flow, including freight movements on the Stuart Highway.
“A new detour will be built to allow smoother traffic flow and minimise delays during construction of the overpass,” Senator Scullion said.
“This upgrade has been desperately needed in the community for years and is a great example of our commitment to funding projects that address the real needs of people in the Northern Territory.
“Across the Territory, the Australian Government has allocated $594 million towards major infrastructure projects, including a $77 million roads package to help boost Territory jobs and growth.”
Works on the Stuart Highway Rail Overpass are expected to be completed in April 2015.
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