Are there a better ways to spend $24m?

p2130-rail-overpassThe construction of a $24m railway overpass 12 kilometres south of Alice Springs will start next month.


NT Senator Nigel Scullion says in a media release the Stuart Highway project will involve replacing an existing level crossing with a new 40 metre bridge over the rail line, connected with 700 metre approaches either side along the existing road.


He says a detour will be built to allow “smoother” traffic flow and minimise delays during construction.


“This upgrade has been desperately needed in the community for years and is a great example of our commitment to funding projects that address the real needs of people in the Northern Territory,” says Senator Scullion.


“Across the Territory, the Australian Government has allocated $594 million towards major infrastructure projects, including a $77 million roads package to help boost Territory jobs and growth.”


Works on the Stuart Highway rail overpass are expected to be completed in April 2015.


The Alice Springs News Online invites readers to express their views on this project in the comment box below: Is it needed? Are there more urgent things the money should be spent on?



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19 Comments (starting with the most recent)

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  1. Bronte Zadow
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I have gone and had a nother look at the new overpass for I thought l was too critical but I was not. The intersection to town and airport needs to be upgraded, it is poor and the road into town needs to be a double lane highway.

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  2. Bronte Zadow
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You have to laugh at the wasted money on a overpass but look on the bright side: Have you seen the money spent on the new mall? What a joke.

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  3. Bruce Pompey
    Posted August 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Alice Springs family day care centre funding has been cut, no economic sense there?
    And now, the local railway crossing gets a 24 million dollar budget?
    Oh, please.

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  4. Trevor Shiell
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

    $24 million would upgrade most of the Pinnacles Road from the Plenty to Arltunga developing a new approach to Alice and a brand new tourism province.
    Where are these people at? And who had the bright idea of developing the 10 km of the old Andado road the other side of Alambi?
    How many millions? In the three days I was on that road recently I saw three cars!
    And the overpass near Mclaren vale in SA cost $18m just for the ground works. What is the cost of a barrel of pork?

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  5. Oliver North
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    As usual, what the base needs the base gets … been caught out lately by the train with no schedule?

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  6. Robyn Ellis
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 4:25 am

    This overpass is being built for obscure economic reasons as there was no public consultation seeking input.
    Why has there been no public debate? What is the decision based on?
    It can’t be safety or the convenience of Alice residents. Put the overpass in town where it will be of some use or don’t build it at all.

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  7. Rod Cramer
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    $24m?! And the spin doctors “selling” us the AZRI subdivision told us that a four lane flyover through Heavitree Gap was costed (I specifically asked) into the development costs and was only $10m!
    Neither of two recent similar constructions (to the Heavitree Gap flyover) in Adelaide came in under $100m, and they didn’t have to accommodate import the expertise and highly specialised equipment all the way to Alice Springs.
    Sucked in! Again!

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  8. Ray
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Rumour has it that it was a requirement for some of the new mining companies coming to town. The story goes that the government had to remove the threat of train disruptions in order for the mines to commence works. More to every story than meets the eye maybe?

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  9. Tracie Hall
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I agree the intersection in town should be a priority. Also let’s hope that a local engineer will be used instead of someone so out of touch that they build something like the Heavitree Gap crossing – total waste of our money! Surely that can’t ever happen again!

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  10. Bev Emmott
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Complete incompetence. Yes, why dont they do something about the level crossings in town where many times there is a wait for 50 or 60 carriages to go through and no way out of the queue.
    What happens if an emergency arises and services like police, fire and ambulances are delayed because of the length of the train and the fact that the train crawls through at a very low speed due to the station being nearby.
    Once in the queue their is often very little chance of getting out of it. This is a perfect example of money being wasted. They may have just as well just set fire to the money as do what they are doing.

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  11. Julie
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    There are many spots around town that are way more hazardous i.e. the intersection near Maccas. I’m certain the $24m could be better spent on preventing accidents in town where the risks are far greater.

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  12. Dave Purdue
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    In my 35 odd years here I don’t recall any one being killed at that crossing. I think it’s a TOTAL waste of our money!

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  13. Kelly
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    What a waste of money. Put it elsewhere where it will affect many not a few.

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  14. Hal Duell
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

    This is a good idea. The only surprise it that it has taken so long to get up.

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  15. Milton
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    What a load of crap. Absolute waste, could be spent elsewhere. Looks like another Heavitree Pedestrian crossing debacle in the making.

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  16. Kendari
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    What nonsense! If an overpass is needed anywhere, it is in town at Larapinta crossing, not out there!

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  17. Micko
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is a total waste of money for the amount of trains that we get in this town. All the whingers who can’t wait five minutes for the train to pass should move elsewhere. Our schools or health service could do with this money.

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  18. Paul Parker
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

    A similar crossing further south was long ago replaced with a similar bridge.
    Railway crossings are known dangers with significant risks and histories of disaster.
    Whilst other projects may be more important to some, reducing preventable dangers remains important, and a worthy investment.

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  19. Kate Hughes
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Is this meant to make Centralians feel like the government is looking after their interests?

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