THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health
THE HON GERRY MCCARTHY MLA
NT Minister for Construction
15 November 2010
Work will begin next month on a federally funded $10.1 million project to improve year round access along the Stuart Highway to towns such as Katherine and Pine Creek.
Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon said the project was a key Federal Labor election commitment and involves construction of a new Cullen River Bridge and overtaking lanes along the Stuart Highway.
“The overtaking lanes will enable traffic to be diverted to the high level bridge when the low level bridge is flooded,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The existing bridge can become flooded and impassable during heavy rainfall and in 2008 the Stuart Highway was impassable for about 12 hours at this location.
“The new bridge and overtaking lanes will deliver year round access into and out of towns and communities in the Katherine region to help residents gain access to vital services such as health and education as well as jobs and other economic opportunities.”
Northern Territory Construction Minister Gerry McCarthy said the project will create 40 direct and indirect jobs in the Katherine region as well as improve access for the nearly 19,000 Territorians who live in the Katherine region.
“Territory company Ostojic Group will construct this project with the new bridge to be built downstream and two metres higher than the existing bridge,” Mr McCarthy said.
“Transport companies will also benefit by not having to standby while road access is cut off along this part of the Stuart Highway due to heavy rain.”
Mr Mccarthy said the $10.1 million investment along the Stuart Highway is part of a $27.7 million for Katherine region roads announced in the NT Government 2010 Budget.
“Northern Territory Budget 2010 invests a record $1.8 billion to grow the Territory with spending double that of two years ago and up 400 per cent since 2001,” Mr McCarthy said.
“More than half of this year’s infrastructure investment is occurring across remote and urban areas on roads, schools and training facilities, airstrips and essential services.”
Construction of the new bridge and overtaking lanes is expected to be complete by August 2011.
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