Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Delivering the full Bald Hills Road interchange

Media Release


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.

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