Aug 14, 2008

Extra 3.35 Kms of Sturt Higway to be Duplicated Towards Nuriootpa

Extra 3.35 Kms of Sturt Higway to be Duplicated Towards Nuriootpa

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 14 2008

The Rudd Labor Government’s funding for the Sturt Highway duplication will now deliver an extra 3.35 kilometres of double-lane divided road to improve safety for local motorists and deliver freight faster to and from the Riverland.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was in Adelaide today to deliver the good news.

The South Australian Government has delivered cost savings of $32.7 million on the rest of the Sturt Highway upgrade project, which means that the Highway can now be duplicated to the Greenock to Nuriootpa junction, towards the Victorian border.

Previously, the $159 million federally-funded duplication of the Highway was intended to finish at the Seppeltsfield Road junction.

Mr Albanese said, “I am pleased that we will be able to make a longer stretch of the Highway safer both for local families and trucks carrying freight between the Riverland and Adelaide.

“I congratulate the South Australian government for good project management in delivering extra kilometres of double-lane road within the original budget.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s funding for this project builds on our $451 million commitments to the Northern and Port River expressways. All up, we will invest $1.1 billion over the next five years improving the State’s roads.”

South Australian Minister for Transport, Patrick Conlon said the extension would strengthen the strategic link between Adelaide and the Riverland.

“This is one of our major freight routes and is a key part of the overall network and our significant investment in strategically upgrading it,” he said.

“Following the recent opening of the Port River Expressway bridges, an extension to the Sturt Highway further strengthens that network.”

“In the next two years the Northern Expressway will take shape and all the parts of the puzzle will come together to ensure South Australia remains as competitive as possible when it comes to serving the export market.

Work on the extension is expected to start in early 2009 and finish in June 2010.

The new carriageway between Seppeltsfield Road and the Greenock to Nuriootpa junction will be to the south of the existing road.

It will include interchange and access improvements, duplication of the bridge over Seppeltsfield Road and construction of a culvert at Greenock Creek to replace the existing bridge.