The Federal Labor Government will provide up to $10 million for the first stage of a heavy vehicle bypass of Katherine.
This is a great result for the region will help ensure heavy vehicles are diverted away from local streets.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said the new Katherine bypass will eventually deliver safer and smoother driving conditions for heavy vehicles and other vehicles travelling through Katherine on the Victoria Highway and Stuart Highway.
“Currently, the main street corridor is the only existing transport route through Katherine and during the peak tourism season, it has to accommodate a mix of pedestrian traffic, tourist traffic and heavy vehicles,” he said.
“Getting heavy vehicles off local streets will make it safer for all road users and make Katherine a better place to live.”
The funding will build the first stage of the Katherine Bypass and includes:
- upgrade of Bicentennial Road to provide for increased heavy vehicular traffic;
- upgrade of the intersections of the Stuart Highway and Bicentennial Road and Victoria Highway and Bicentennial Road; and
- planning for the further stages of the heavy vehicle bypass that takes into account the proposed freight hub
“This is a strong commitment to Katherine’s massive growth potential and planning for the town’s modern infrastructure needs,” Mr Albanese said.
Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has welcomed the final approval of this project.
“It has taken a while to get to this point and Katherine Town Council is to be congratulated on its pursuit of this project. The previous and current Mayors and Councils have worked closely with the Commonwealth and have got the best result,” he said.
“It’s a big step in planning strategically for Katherine.”
The Government has agreed the scope of works and funding with the Katherine Town Council and will work closely with the Council and Northern Territory Government to deliver this important project.
Work will start in the coming months and be completed by mid next year.
Funding for this project is just one component of the record $1.1 billion the Federal Labor Government is investing to rebuild and renew the Territory’s roads.