Extra funds for NT and Tasmanian freight projects

Funding for the Northern Territory to improve roadside facilities and strengthen bridges

March 4, 2013

The Northern Territory will receive a funding boost for roadside facilities and road upgrades to improve safety and productivity.

The federal and Northern Territory governments will provide $10.3 million for a number of projects, including strengthening bridges on the Buntine Highway and strengthening and widening the pavement along the Carpentaria Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the funds will upgrade or provide truck parking bays on Tanami Road and the Lasseter and Plenty highways.

The Northern Territory Government will be contributing $1.6 million towards the projects.

"As part of this program, we will also be constructing cattle loading ramps for Bohning Cattle Yards and upgrading road access to the Northern Australian Beef Limited Abattoir site," Northern Territory Transport Minister Adam Giles says.

"These much needed improvements will upgrade outdated facilities and keep rural truck drivers and their families safe."

Meanwhile, the Federal Government and Tasmania will each provide $2.4 million to strengthen bridges on vital freight routes in the state.

Albanese says the new money will be used to strengthen or replace bridges along two heavy vehicle routes - Esk Main Road and Railton Main Road.

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