RA member SMEC has been selected by the Northern Territory Government to undertake the planning study and develop a concept design for the proposed Weddell Freeway.
The proposed freeway is intended to accommodate future population growth in the NT, providing improved access and traffic flows to and from the Darwin CBD via a link Tiger Brennan Drive near Palmerston to the Stuart Highway south of Darwin, near Noonamah.
The proposed Weddell Freeway has been under consideration and planning for more then 30 years, and the preliminary alignment of the freeway is already defined and zoned. It is intended to support the proposed Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct, greenfield developments identified for Weddell and rural activity centres within the Litchfield Council municipality.
The study that will now be undertaken by SMEC will include significant consultation with stakeholders, leading to the development of a concept design, cost estimates and a construction staging plan.