Construction on a new overpass at the Tiger Brennan Drive and Berrimah Road intersection is underway, which will make the journey of 20,000 vehicles safer every day.
Local business, Sitzler, has been awarded stage two of the contract for $127.8 million to complete the detailed design of the project which will be delivered over the next two years.
The construction of the new overpass will separate the major flow of traffic on Tiger Brennan Drive from the traffic movements on Berrimah Road, and will result in reduced traffic delays during peak hours, shorter travel times and improved connectivity for freight transport to East Arm Wharf.
The project is prioritising safety and connectivity, which includes:
a grade separation that will see Berrimah Road passing over Tiger Brennan Drive
realignment of Tiger Brennan Drive to become free flowing
entry and exit ramps connecting Tiger Brennan Drive and Berrimah Road
improvements to Berrimah Road catering to requirements for road trains
earthworks, drainage works, pavement construction and asphalt works
street lighting, line marking and road safety barriers
traffic signals on Berrimah Road
improved pedestrian and cyclist accessibility, landscaping and urban design
The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, said creating safer roads for all Territorians is a priority of the Territory Labor Government.
“The new overpass will enable the continuous flow of traffic along Tiger Brennan Drive resulting in reduced traffic delays during peak hours and improved connectivity for freight transport to East Arm Wharf,” she said.
“This landmark roads project will make the daily commute for 20,000 Territorians a whole lot safer.”
Federal Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling, said he was delighted to be able to deliver for the Territory.
“Territorians have lost their live at this intersection. It’s busy and dangerous, and I know that the people and businesses of Greater Darwin will warmly welcome this much-needed overpass, which will greatly improve safety and save lives,” he said.
“The Australian Government is proud to be working with the NT Government to deliver exactly this type of vital infrastructure project in the Territory, including almost $2.5 billion of key infrastructure election commitments in the recent Federal Budget.”