A $500,000 upgrade of an intersection near the Northern Territory community of Ali Curung, 150 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, has made travel safer for all drivers in the region.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the intersection between the Stuart Highway and Kinjurra Road (locally known as the Ali Curung Access Road), was recently identified as ‘high-risk’ due to its lack of a turning, or deceleration lane.
“Kinjurra Road is a significant road to the residents of Ali Curung as it is the main road in and out of the township and provides the only direct access to the Stuart Highway,” Senator Scullion said.
“The lack of safety features along this stretch of the highway raised the potential for crashes to occur where road trains and other slow-turning vehicles turned onto or off the Stuart Highway at the intersection.
“The construction of a turning lane and installation of street lighting will significantly reduce the risk of high-speed angle crashes at this intersection which joins the highway where the speed limit is 130km/h.
“The project was fully funded by the Coalition Government under the National Network Road Safety and Fatigue Management Programme – part of the Government’s $77 million Northern Territory Roads Package.”
Senator Scullion also welcomed a Roads to Recovery project which had improved another section of the road.
“To further improve Kinjurra Road’s safety, its first 21 kilometres have been widened, sealed and stabilized using $2.1 million from the Coalition Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme.
“Widening the road’s shoulders and improving its drainage system has created safer passing opportunities and reduced the need to close the road, or impose vehicle weight restrictions, during the wet season.”