Downer Wins Road Improvements Package on Upper Yorke Peninsula.


The package to improve roads around the Upper Yorke Peninsula in South Australia has been won by Downer.

Rural roadworks on the Upper Yorke Peninsula worth nearly $40 million is set to kick off in the coming weeks. The South Australian Government has announced Downer as the successful tenderer of the two-year construction contract.

The roadworks set to be carried out by Downer will help ease traffic flow and improve safety. The scope of the works includes:

  • A roundabout at the junction of the Yorke and Copper Coast highways.
  • Two overtaking lanes on the Yorke Highway, north of Ardrossan.
  • Shoulder sealing and other safety improvements on the Yorke Highway.
  • An upgrade of the intersection of the Curramulka to Port Vincent Road and Minlaton to Port Vincent Road.
  • Pavement rehabilitation on the Bute to Kulpara Road.


Bute road The Bute to Kulpara Road - "potholed, crumbling and as tired as a pair of speedos" - RAA. Image Source: RAA.


As described by the Royal Automobile Association (RAA), the Bute to Kulpara Road on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula is potholed, crumbling and as tired as a pair of speedos. Some say it's amongst Australia's riskiest roads. Rural roads are the backbone for country families so it's great to see these haggard roads getting a bit of work done.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan commented in a statement:

“This almost $40 million project is a significant investment in the regional road network of the Upper Yorke Peninsula which will provide substantial safety benefits, but also economic benefits for primary producers and local industry. By opening up the Yorke Highway between Ardrossan and Port Wakefield to road trains we can remove productivity constraints for transport operators and primary producers, such as the double handling of freight and livestock,” he said.

The Upper Yorke Peninsula road package is funded by the State Government and the Federal Government’s Black Spot and Minor Works programs.

The works are expected to generate employment for 75 workers.

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Sources: Yorke Peninsula Country Times, South Australian Government, News Corp.

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