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Cavenagh and Bennett St Intersection Upgrade

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The Cavenagh and Bennett St intersection is being upgraded for better city access for commuters and pedestrians. 

Project Progress

There have been delays with the upgrade to the Cavenagh / Bennett Street intersection, this has been due to the presence of rock and clashes with utility services which have required the review of the design and construction methodology for the shade structures.

The following work has been completed so far:

  • Construction of additional left turn lane on Bennett St
  • Modifications to the existing lane layouts and signal phasing
  • Road Resurfacing
  • Upgrade of the existing street lights to LED lighting
  • Reconstruction of the footpath on each corner 
  • Installation of the shade structure frames on each corner

The following work is to be completed:

  • Completion of shade structures at each corner
  • Landscaping

Please follow all traffic management diversions and directions.

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Intersection design showing new lane configurations and line markings


During Business Hours, please call our Community Engagement Officer on 8930 0197

After Hours, please call 0429 156 860

What are the upgrades?

The intersection upgrade will improve commuter access to the city centre, create safer traffic movement and improve pedestrian amenity.

The intersection of Cavenagh St and Bennett St provides access to the city centre from the key arterial link of Tiger Brennan Drive. There is already congestion and delays at this intersection in peak hour periods, which will continue to increase as the city centre and population grows.

The project will deliver:

  • Provision of a new dedicated left turn lane from Bennett St into Cavenagh Street (McMinn St end)
  • Modifications to the existing lane layouts and signals phasing to facilitate safer and more efficient movement of traffic
  • Upgrading the existing street lights in the vicinity to LED lighting
  • New shade structures on the four corners of the intersection

Additional lane

As you drive into the city there will be a new dedicated left turn lane on Bennett St into Cavenagh St. This will create three lanes on Bennett St (inbound): left turn only, straight ahead and right turn only. This will provide greater efficiency, particularly during the morning peak hour traffic. 

Shade Structures

We're committed to cooling the city to create an environment that encourages more people to walk and visit the city. This intersection upgrade will include shade structures on each intersection to provide protection from the tropical heat as well as the Wet Season rain. The existing trees on the intersection corners will be removed to enable the shade structures to be constructed. The trees will be replaced with new trees planted alongside the shade structures.

Concept Design  of Shade Structures (view along Cavenagh St)

Concept Design  of Shade Structures (view along Bennett St)

Project Budget

The $1.5M project is being funding by City of Darwin and the Northern Territory Government. Council was successful in obtaining $1million in funding through the Northern Territory Government’s Improving Strategic Local Roads Infrastructure Program. The injection of $1.5million into the local economy provides an important boost for local companies and jobs.

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