A $150 million investment will see the Carpentaria Highway upgraded.
The highway, the access road for people travelling to Borroloola and for a number of industries including the Territory's growing energy sector, is set to be upgraded from single lane to dual lane bitumen, in a bid to provide a more reliable transport link.
Upon completion of stage 1, in which 48km of the highway were upgraded and sealed, Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler, said the Northern Territory was entering an "era of thriving development and innovation".
"The upgrades to the Carpentaria Highway will complement multiple strategic projects currently underway that aim to bring the Territory's vision of becoming a world-class energy production, manufacturing and services hub to reality," Ms Lawler said.
"Upgrading the Carpentaria Highway involves a range of works including reconstructing, widening, elevating and sealing the road, meaning this important route will have year round access, improving economic opportunities and access to essential services."
NT company Exact Contracting are undertaking the program of works with construction for stage two now underway. The project has created over 200 jobs and up to 80 employees can be found on site at any one time.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Joel Bowden, said the Carpentaria Highway was a key access route to Borroloola and surrounding regions.
"Investing in roads is essential to improve year round connectivity, create jobs and boost economic development," he said.
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