The Territory Governments $38 million Gunn Point Road upgrade project will be officially open to the public from next week, providing increased access and opportunity for the areas tourism and commercial interests.
The project supported 160 jobs throughout construction, with the final sealing of the 35-kilometre stretch of Gunn Point Road and Murrumujuk Road delivered under budget, through partnerships with three local NT contractors.
Gunn Point Road is the main access to a number of popular recreational fishing destinations close to Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding suburbs including Leaders Creek, the Vernon Islands, Saltwater Arm and the lower Adelaide River.
Key works of the Gunn Point Upgrade Project include:
Realigning Gunn Point Road to sit within the proper road reserve, resulting in a
4.8 kilometre shorter journey for road users to Gunn Point
Sealing the road beyond Murrumujuk Road, incorporating the intersection to Leaders Creek boat ramp access road turn-off
The introduction of dedicated right and left turning lanes suitable for large vehicles and trailers at major intersections to improve safety
Elevating the road to sit higher than surrounding land to improve flood immunity during the Wet Season.
The main sealing of the new Gunn Point Road is largely complete, while final works will continue at intersections and road side drainage.
As stated by Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:
The Territory Government is focussed on creating jobs and not only did this project support 160 jobs during construction, the economic benefits from the commercial and tourism industries will be significant.
The new Gunn Point Road will provide Territorians with safe, year-round access to Gunn Point, natural resource extractive areas and key Northern Australia pastoral regions.
It will also improve public access to many of the Territorys popular recreation and tourist areas used for fishing, hunting, four-wheel-driving and camping.