The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018
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V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The Australian and Northern Territory Government have provided joint funding totalling $35.5 million for the Big Horse Creek and Little Horse Creek flood immunity project. The project involves the construction of two bridges and a new raised, dual lane sealed pavement between the two creeks, including the upgrade of two intersections. The Victoria Highway is the only sealed link between the Northern Territory and Western Australia. It is the main route to the Bulla and Amanbidji communities, and is utilised by the Bradshaw Defence training facility. Construction began in July 2017 and on completion of the works, there will be increased year round accessibility for the pastoral, agricultural and transport industries, tourism and local users on the National Highway. The area is home to a local population of endangered Purple-Crested Fairy-wrens and special protection measures have been put in place to protect their habitat. Other environmental benefits include the relocation of 30 significant boab trees to make way for the new road alignment. Over the next 9 months, the weight from the newly constructed road formation will consolidate and compress the underlying soft riverine soils to achieve a firm foundation. Sealing of the new road is expected to occur in May 2019. Allan King & Sons Constructions Pty Ltd were awarded the contract to deliver this project, with 60 people employed on its construction to date. BIG HORSE, LITTLE HORSE CREEK BRIDGES MATARANKA TRAFFIC SAFETY AND KISS AND GO The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics in collaboration with Roper Gulf Regional Council, Mataranka School, NT Police and the Local Community is dedicated to making Mataranka safe for pedestrians, with a focus on keeping children safe. A total funding package of $850,000 has been funded for safety upgrades to the Stuart Highway and surrounds including a new Mataranka School Kiss and Go area, fencing the perimeter of Stan Martin Park, redefining roadside parking on the Stuart Highway shoulder in front of the park and installing additional lighting along Roper Terrace. Mataranka School previously had a small Kiss and Go area located within the school grounds, with entry and exit off Stuart Highway. The creation of five designated Kiss and Go parking bays on Beswick Street has now minimised potential conflicts on Stuart Highway during peak periods in the morning and afternoon. The perimeter of the Stan Martin Park, which is located adjacent to the Stuart Highway, has been fenced to alleviate the risk of pedestrian and children crossing the road at random points. Instead pedestrians are now channelled through designated crossing points. Traffic control devices, including parking management, have also been installed on the shoulder of Stuart Highway in front of the Park. This is to address the issue of road trains/vehicles parking on the shoulder, which blocks the line of sight to pedestrians crossing the road. Due to the low illumination of the existing street lights, upgraded LED lighting throughout Roper Terrace is being installed to provide a higher level of illumination of pedestrians crossing the road at night. TENDERS INVITED Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics For further information regarding Northern Territory Government Tenders go to www.nt.gov.au/tenders . NORTHERN ~ TERRITORY , GOVERNMENT