The Territory Labor Government has awarded a $21 million tender to local Territory business Exact Contracting to seal the remaining of the Plenty Highway. This package of works will support more than 50 jobs.
The Plenty Highway is being progressively sealed with projects recently completed and other works underway. The majority of the unsealed section of the road is below natural surface level which results in road closures and vehicle restrictions after heavy rains. The main objective of this project is to continue the dual lane seal to:
Improve overall road safety and riding qualityImprove flood immunityMinimise vehicle weight and type restrictionsFormalise access to side roads; andSupport both current and future growth for mining, cattle and tourism.
To create further jobs the Territory Government has released the Civil Works procurement plan for the next quarter outlining to industry tenders available during this period, to assist local businesses in planning for future works.
Overall, the Civil Works procurement plan outlines 75 future project opportunities, including:
Design and construct of the Carpentaria Highway;Sealing and upgrading close to 20 kilometres of the Roper Highway;Upgrading and sealing 150kms of the Tanami Highway;Road upgrades across various locations around the Darwin Northern Suburbs;Bus stop maintenance contracts;Upgrades to Oolloo Road;Widening and strengthening of Dundee Place; andUpgrades to multiple roads in the Gove region.
To view the future projects tender visit: Future procurement – Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics here
Quotes from the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:
“Planning for future works means businesses can keep a steady workflow of employees, keeping Territorians employed.
“Awarding of the next stage of sealing for the Plenty Highway means we will have 50 Territorians in a job while also creating a resilient link which provides access for the pastoral, mining and tourism sector as well as rural and remote communities.
“We are a Government that invests in infrastructure projects that improve services and attract more people to the Territory. With upgrades to roads in Gove, Darwin and Central Australia we are creating a resilient Territory.
“This Government has invested heavily in job-creating infrastructure, stimulus programs and turbocharging tourism – backing Territory businesses – making sure that local jobs come first.”
Northern Territory Government