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$150 million Carpentaria Highway upgrades enter next stage

With the first 48 kilometres of upgrades on the Carpentaria Highway now complete, works are set to begin on a further 59 kilometre stretch.

The Carpentaria Highway is a key access road to the Beetaloo Sub-basin, Borroloola and an important service route for the pastoral, tourism, agricultural and mining sectors.

The road is also a key route for supplies and transport for Glencore’s McArthur River Mine.

The upgrades are part of a $150 million project, jointly funded over four years, with $120 million from the Australian Government and $30 million from the Northern Territory Government.

“Upgrading the Carpentaria Highway involves sealing, reconstruction, widening and elevating the road alignment to increase flood immunity, meaning this important route will have improved accessibility throughout the year, improving access to health services and economic opportunities,” said Member for Barkly, Steven Edgington.

The road will be sealed to a dual-lane standard, meaning one sealed lane in each direction.

Stage 2 construction is taking place between chainage 50 km to 109 km and is expected to be complete in late 2024.

Works are taking place seven days a week, between the hours of 6am to 6pm, with some night works in place where required.

Detours and traffic management will be in place while works are carried out.

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