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$2.9m crossing remote upgrades underway

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A $2.9m combined outlay by the federal government will see 13 culverts added to the crossing, significantly raising its height and helping keep it open to traffic during the wet season.The project is expected to support up to 19 local jobs during construction, and is expected to be completed later this year.Deputy Prime Minister and federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Barnaby Joyce said the upgrade would help keep locals safe and connected.“Increasing the height of the Sandy Creek Crossing will keep locals moving during the wet season and ensure they receive the goods and services they need and deserve,” Mr Joyce said.“The federal Liberal and Nationals government is committed to delivering infrastructure that connects communities and improves safety, while creating jobs and supporting our economic ­recovery.“Our investment in the Sandy Creek Crossing upgrade demonstrates that, and is part of our record $110bn infrastructure investment plan.”Local business Remote Industries Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver the project.Sandy Creek Crossing is located on the Old Humbert River Station Access, about 11km west of the Buchanan ­Highway and 5km east of Yarralin community.NT Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the upgrades would provide increased ­safety and flood immunity, minimising the closure of the Old Humbert Rd for residents, and reducing the delays to deliver services and goods to the community of Yarralin.“During the wet season our roads can get cut off, stopping services getting in to communities,” Ms Lawler said.“The upgrade to Sandy Creek will increase the community of Yarralin’s access to education, health, social and economic opportunities. “The Northern Territory government has worked with the Victoria Daly Regional Council to prioritise this project. Supporting local jobs this project is a win-win.”A previous project in 2018 by the Territory Labor government saw an ­investment of $700,000 put towards building a new access road through the Sandy Creek camping area, among other things.

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