Additional upgrades planned as part of $355 million Central Arnhem Road Corridor project

Plans to upgrade an 18km stretch of the Central Arnhem Road Corridor from the Mountain Valley Station turn-off to the Mainoru homestead turn-off have been revealed.

The works form part of the $355 million Central Arnhem Road Corridor project, being funded by the Australian and Northern Territory government to seal the route.

Construction on this 18km stretch is expected to begin in the 2024 dry season.

The Central Arnhem Road corridor is 685 kilometres long and connects Nhulunbuy to the Stuart Highway.

The road services a large number of Aboriginal communities and is a key tourism and freight route for the mining and pastoral industries.

Currently, over 85 per cent of the road is unsealed, resulting in frequent restrictions or closures throughout the wet season.

Thy $355 million in funding has been committed to deliver initial priority upgrades. This includes $280 million from the Australian Government and $75 million from the Northern Territory Government.

Upgrades will include sealing, reconstruction, widening and flood immunity improvements. Improvements will also be made to drainage, bridges, culverts and road alignments.

Three sections of the corridor near Beswick, Goyder and Bulman Airfield have already been completed. Planning is now underway for a further five packages of works.

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