Delivering the full Bald Hills Road interchange

Media Release

JB026/2015

01 April 2015

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

The Bald Hills Road Interchange project will now feature on and off ramps in both directions after a competitive tender process.

Local South Australian business Bardavcol has won the tender to design and build the first new South Eastern Freeway interchange in almost 20 years.

With residential growth in the Mount Barker area expected to dramatically impact on traffic flows, the full interchange will improve travel times and safety for road users.

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the interchange is the number one infrastructure priority for the region and building the full project is a great outcome for local residents.

“Since being elected I have been fighting for a second freeway interchange at Bald Hills Road and it's extremely satisfying that we're able to deliver the entire project in one stage,” he said.

“By building on and off ramps in both directions we will not only reduce existing congestion and safety issues, but also put in place the infrastructure the region needs to prosper into the future.

“This project is an example of the Australian, State and local governments working together to deliver world class road infrastructure in South Australia to ensure the best outcome for the Mount Barker community and freeway users.”

The project also includes a roundabout to improve safety at the intersection of Old Princes Highway and Bald Hills Road—a known local black spot.

The State Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said a solution had now been found to deliver both stages of the project within a shorter time-frame and within the original budget.

“Initially the $27 million project involved constructing ramps to and from the Adelaide only, but during the tender process we have found a solution to build ramps in both directions for the same price,” he said.

“This work will support growth in the South Australian economy by supporting about 55 jobs during construction.”

Residents on the northern side of the freeway at Mount Barker have been invited to discuss the proposal at the Mount Barker Golf Club on 8th April.

Construction will begin in May 2015 and the interchange is expected to be complete by mid-2016.

The Australian Government has committed $16 million to build the new interchange, with the South Australian Government contributing $8 million and Mount Barker Council $3 million.

For further details on the project visit www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/road_projects/bald_hills_road_interchange