Tanami Road Upgrade


Planning to seal the unsealed section of Tanami Road in WA
Tanami Road <em>Upgrade</em>

Tanami Road is 1,035km long, linking Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to the Great Northern Highway, near Halls Creek, in Western Australia. The 313km long section in Western Australia is unsealed and is a local road under the care and control of the Shire of Halls Creek. 

In addition to being an intrastate route, it provides access to several remote Aboriginal communities, mine sites and tourist attractions.

While much of the road is formed and gravel sheeted, some sections become corrugated and difficult to travel on throughout the year. It is also susceptible to road closures and flood damage during the wet season and has required extensive repairs in most years. 

The plan is to:

  • progressively upgrade and seal Tanami Road to a safe standard
  • improve drainage, including installation of culverts and floodways
  • construct bridges
  • provide roadside facilities such as rest areas
What's happening
A planning study has been completed confirming the road alignment and proposed road standards.

Stakeholder consultation is underway to assist in finalising the delivery strategy. Design and development activities are progressing on the first 114 km.

Subject to approvals, construction of the first 20km section through the hills south of Great Northern Highway is expected to begin in late 2022. Learn more in our November project update (PDF).

Activities now in progress or planned to start soon include:
  • Detailed road design for first 60 km
  • Preliminary road design for next 54 km
  • Ground surveys for the rest of the road to the Northern Territory border
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Aboriginal Heritage surveys
  • Finalise environmental and Heritage approvals

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