Construction work to improve Barneson Boulevard in Darwin’s inner-city road network is now underway, with the Australian Government investing approximately $29.5 million towards the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 projects.
“The new Barneson Boulevard link and the final stage of duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive will support approximately 80 jobs through the construction phase and provide major improvements to traffic flows in Darwin’s CBD,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said.
According to Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, the recent 2018-19 Budget delivered an investment towards infrastructure, including hundreds of millions of dollars for Northern Territory roads.
“This pipeline includes $180 million towards upgrading Central Arnhem Road and up to $100 million to improve the Buntine Highway. The Northern Territory will also benefit from the $1.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance - Northern Australia Package and a further commitment of $160 million toward the iconic Outback Way across Queensland, the Territory and Western Australia.
“These projects will benefit the Territory in terms of productivity, the economy and road safety, while leveraging off significant investments already underway such as the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive,” Mr Fletcher said.
Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said that Barneson Boulevard is a vital project for the future development in the CBD area.
“Barneson Boulevard has been planned for a long time and will unlock the CBD’s fringes to provide for further growth and investment in the territory’s capital.
“The new Barneson Boulevard link will also better distribute traffic on CBD roads and provide the community with other options for entering and exiting the CBD - including pathways capable of accommodating pedestrians and cyclists,” the Senator said.
This multi-million dollar project will include a new entry point to Darwin’s CBD and it will also completed the duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive from Dinah Beach ROad to McMinn Street.
The State Government will be providing $10.8 million towards the project, which will be allocated for landscaping that was requested during the community consultation for the project as well as for amenities enhancements for the new entry, and the activation and preservation of the heritage-listed Frog Hollow Park. The City of Darwin has also contributed $5 million towards the development.
“Barneson Boulevard will have a tropical, urban feel and will support further economic development in the Darwin CBD, including enhancing public spaces,” Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said.
This project is going to be delivered by local company Territoria Civil and construction is expected to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.
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