More than $40 million for regional bridge, culvert and intersection upgrades

13 February 2018

SA Government: Detailed design, planning and site inspections will commence immediately on $40 million worth of bridge, culvert, road widening and intersection upgrades across regional South Australia following the awarding of a contract to McConnell Dowell Construction Pty Ltd.

These projects will improve productivity and safety for the thousands of motorists who use these regional roads every day and better cater for high productivity freight vehicles.

Construction will commence later this year with works expected to be completed in mid-2019, weather permitting, and support 106 jobs.

The upgrades will include:

Background

The State Labor Government is getting on with upgrading and improving road infrastructure across South Australia. We are investing $532 million for road maintenance and upgrades over four years, with $341 million being spent in the regions.

This $40 million investment builds on recent announcements including:

We have also committed $130 million as South Australia’s share for the duplication of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge and upgrading the Strzelecki Track.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

The State Labor Government is committed to improving road infrastructure across the State and this $40 million investment will go a long way towards increasing safety, improving driving conditions and delivering more productive bridges that are fit for purpose.

Investing in these upgrades will also have a big impact on productivity for primary producers and transport operators, which in turn benefits our regions and the economy more broadly.

As well as improving road infrastructure this investment will support approximately 106 jobs.

The State Labor Government is investing more than half a billion dollars in maintaining and upgrading our road network, with $341 million being spent in regional areas.

By contrast the Liberal Party’s promise to restrict country road funding to just 30 per cent of the State’s mining royalties represents a 20 per cent cut.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Chaffey Sim Singh-Malhi

These upgrades and widening of bridges will make travel a whole lot easier, especially for the many trucks travelling on our Riverland roads. I thank the State Labor Government for these upgrades.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Schubert David Haebich

These roads are used by many locals and visitors to the region. Over time the bridges have carried large volumes of traffic including heavy vehicles. The upgrades to bridges will no doubt enhance public safety.

 

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