Jul 28, 2009

Northern Expressway bridge opening marks local jobs boom

Northern Expressway bridge opening marks local jobs boom

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 28 2009

Work on South Australia’s biggest road project in more than half a century – the $564 million Northern Expressway – has today reached a major milestone with the first of 15 new bridges opening to traffic for the first time.

The new Angle Vale Bridge – the culmination of more than 15,000 labour hours – comprises:

  • Ten 55 tonne pre-cast concrete beams;
  • 650 cubic metres of poured concrete;
  • 100 tonnes of reinforcing steel; and
  • Twenty-six 3.2 tonne pre-cast concrete barriers.

The massive Northern Expressway construction project is now running well ahead of schedule thanks to the decision of the Rudd Labor Government to bring forward funding as part of its December 2008 Economic Stimulus Package.

Once fully completed in September 2010, the Expressway will span 23 kilometres linking the Sturt Highway with Port Wakefield Road – cutting travel times between Adelaide and the northern regions by some 20 minutes and taking thousands of trucks off local roads.

The project is what the Rudd Labor Government’s Nation Building for Recovery strategy is all about. It is providing an immediate boost to the South Australian economy and putting Australians to work building the transport infrastructure vital to the nation’s long term economic prosperity.

In excess of 2,200 people have been employed on the project – many of whom are residents of nearby communities – and more than 130 local sub-contracting firms have been engaged.

Almost 700 pieces of equipment have been deployed to date, with around 73 per cent supplied by businesses listing the State as their principle place of business.

Ambitious targets have also been set – and consistently exceeded – for the employment of young and indigenous people, with 14 per cent of all workers on-site in May having been drawn from these backgrounds.

The Northern Expressway project is a joint initiative of the Australian ($451.2 million) and South Australian governments ($112.8 million).

For further information about the project visit: www.northernexpressway.sa.gov.au.