Road infrastructure boom in SA to create 1,300 jobs

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Artist impression of the Port Wakefield Overpass from the SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport

In the next six months, South Australia will see the development of more than $1 billion worth of road infrastructure projects.

This construction boom is expected to create more than 1,300 jobs across the state and support local contractors, suppliers and workers.

Two significant projects will kick off the infrastructure boom – the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication and the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project. These are the biggest regional infrastructure projects ever undertaken in South Australia.

More major works are expected to start by the end of the year in metropolitan Adelaide on the upgrade of the intersection of Goodwood, Springbank and Daws Roads as well as the Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads Intersection Upgrade.

Major infrastructure projects starting in 2021 include:

  • Flagstaff Road Upgrade
  • Womma Road and Stebonheath Road roundabout
  • North East Road and South Para Road Junction Upgrade
  • Dublin Saleyard Upgrade
  • Eyre Highway (shoulder sealing)
  • Princes Highway
  • Glenelg River Road and Horrocks Highway
  • Granite Island Causeway Project
  • Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Grand Junction
  • Hampstead and Briens Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Main North Road
  • Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, noted that these projects will deliver jobs and support the local economy at a time when the state needs it most.

“The economic challenges our state is facing at the moment are unprecedented,” Minister Wingard said.

“Getting major works started on infrastructure projects across South Australia will help keep the economy firing as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Creating jobs is critical to our economic recovery, and we’re delivering around 1,315 over the next six months in road infrastructure projects alone.

“Congestion busting projects in the city will also help tens of thousands of motorists, saving them valuable time on their daily commute and making their journeys safer and more reliable.”

Road safety a priority

Several road safety projects have been fast-tracked under the State Government’s Stimulus Package including the installation of 1000km of audio-tactile line marking on roads across the state (the tender for this $10 million package will go to market next month).

A package of works to install safety barriers on 41km of regional roads will also begin in January 2021 on the Goyder Highway, with further works including the South Eastern Freeway, Victor Harbor Road, Glenelg River Road and the Riddoch Highway.

Further road projects include:

  • Shoulder sealing works on Callington Road and Goolwa Road starting in January 2021.
  • Shoulder deal works will begin on the Tod and Birdseye Highway next month.
  • Local side roads will also be improved at 16 major regional road junction with works starting in December.
  • Works to seal the first 50km of the Strzelecki Track have begun with completion expected by March 2021.
  • $8.5 million of works have begun to install more than 570 new lights to 62 sites across the state.

Major Highway projects

Critical improvements to high priority roads under the $52 million Regional Road Network Package are also expected to start between now and March 2021, this includes:

  • Dukes Highway
  • Riddoch Highway
  • Thiele Highway
  • Stuart Highway – Stage 2
  • Maitland Road
  • Yorke Highway
  • Victor Harbor Road
  • Minlaton Road
  • Copper Coast Highway

Source: Media Release

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