Barneson Boulevard Improvements Closer With Tenders Called By Minister

Barneson Boulevard Improvements Closer With Tenders Called By Minister

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison

Tender Called To Deliver New Barneson Boulevard In Darwin CBD

Victor P Taffa

Tender for the construction of the $39.5 Million Barneson Boulevard a project that will create jobs, help revitalise Darwin’s CBD and encourage private investment was released today.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the project would deliver a connection between Tiger Brennan Drive and the CBD, and would finalise the duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive between Dinah Beach Road and McMinn Street.

“Construction of the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project is expected to support approximately 80 jobs over the life of the project, and will also support further economic development in the Darwin CBD through improved road infrastructure.” Minister Fletcher said.

“New Barneson Boulevard is planning for Darwin’s future, with the link ultimately reducing pressure on other CBD roads and providing commuters with another option to enter and exit the CBD.”

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said all three tiers of government were working together to revitalise the capital of northern Australia and provide an entry all Territorians can be proud of.

“Approximately 200 shade trees will be planted along Barneson Boulevard, creating a cool streetscape with excellent pedestrian and cyclist linkages into the CBD.” Deputy Chief Minister Manison said.

City of Darwin Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the design of Barneson Boulevard focused on incorporating an urban streetscape in line with the vision for the Darwin CBD revitalisation, and that community perspectives had been sought on landscaping and public art opportunities during the project’s development.

“Project includes intersection upgrades and realignments, with sequenced traffic signals to optimise traffic flow, wide footpaths and segregated cycle ways, and will incorporate urban landscaping and opportunities for roadside amenities such as alfresco dining in the future, re-energising the entire precinct.” Cr. Vatskalis said.

Tender will be open for a 10-week period and will close in February 2018. Two industry briefings will be held and a number of addendums will be released to confirm a number of design aspects. The Federal Government has committed $29.5 Million to the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project, with the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin each committing a further $5 Million.