- New Roper and Wilton crossings were funded under Regional Roads Productivity Package
- The Federal Coalition Government invested $42.5 million
- Works included two new bridges and approximately seven kilometres of approach works
- Greater flood immunity will better connect remote Indigenous communities
Flood immunity works on the Roper Highway in the Northern Territory are now complete, with two new bridges open to traffic at the remote Wilton and Roper river crossings.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the $50 million project would provide a critical link between the Stuart Highway and Indigenous communities, including Ngukurr, Rittarangu and Numbulwar.
“The project included a new 7.3-kilometre two-lane sealed road on the Roper Highway and construction of two new high level bridges at Roper and Wilton rivers,” Senator Scullion said.
“During the wet season, the old low-level crossings were prone to flooding, making the area impassable for months at a time on occasion. These new bridges will improve flood immunity, helping to connect remote Indigenous communities to essential services.
“I was also pleased to see 79 indigenous employees worked on the project out of 500 jobs during construction.
“Labor talks about new infrastructure in the Territory but ultimately it is the CLP who delivers as always. There can be absolutely no doubts that this project would not have happened without the Federal Coalition’s investment.”
Senator Scullion said the upgrade was one of six to be funded under the $90 million Northern Territory Regional Roads Package.
“The Federal Coalition Government continues to deliver for Territorians, including this project for better transport infrastructure to help connect remote areas of the Territory.”
Construction on the two crossings started in April 2016 and was completed late last year. The Federal Coalition Government committed $42.5 million to the $50.5 million project in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.