$1.5 billion infrastructure blitz means short-term pain for long-term gain

A massive infrastructure blitz is sweeping across South Australia, with 90 individual road or rail upgrade projects worth more than $1.5 billion currently underway.

The work will result in new and upgraded infrastructure that will benefit current and future generations of South Australians, including new roads, intersections, bridges and a modernised train line.

However, the massive amount of work underway means there are currently 127 active work sites, causing unavoidable short-term disruption like traffic delays and temporary rail closures in order to achieve the long-term gain.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said that projects currently under construction were supporting more than 3,000 jobs and delivering more than 1,480 kilometres of road and rail upgrades.

“Under the Australian Government’s $110 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, we are delivering projects right across metropolitan and regional South Australia,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our investments are targeted at improving road safety, increasing traffic network efficiency, reducing travel times and enhancing public transport.”

South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the benefits will start being felt very soon, with around half of the 90 projects expected to be completed or opened to traffic in the next few months, weather permitting.

“Our record $16.7 billion commitment to improve infrastructure is delivering more road upgrades across the state than ever before,” Mr Wingard said.

“We know this work is causing disruptions for many road and rail users, but we will soon start enjoying the benefits, and the end result will be world-class infrastructure that will benefit generations of South Australians to come.

“The 90 road and rail projects currently underway are in addition to routine road and rail maintenance works.

“We are continuing to address the $750 million backlog of road maintenance requirements, which means more jobs and smoother and safer roads across South Australia.

“We’ve recently commenced works on the Portrush and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade and Ovingham Level Crossing Removal, which together are worth $329 million and are supporting
183 jobs throughout construction.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government is committed to working closely with the South Australian Government to deliver critical infrastructure projects that will help commuters get home sooner and safer.

“The Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads Intersection Upgrade, which is anticipated to be completed in October 2021, will help ease congestion at one of the busiest intersections in Adelaide’s northern suburbs,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The $560 million Gawler Rail Electrification Project is also on track with major works expected to be completed in late 2021, and will result in a better service on Adelaide’s longest and most heavily-patronised passenger rail line.”

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