The South Australian Government will be fast tracking the delivery of approximately $120 million worth of new infrastructure projects – as part of its $1 billion economic stimulus package – to help support jobs and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The State Government is fast tracking new infrastructure projects to help keep more South Australians in a job and support local businesses during these unprecedented times.
“We are acting decisively to support South Australians and safeguard our economy as we all grapple with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
“By fast tracking infrastructure projects, providing tax relief for households and businesses and delivering business and community support funding, we are aiming to keep as many hard-working South Australians in a job as possible,” Premier Steven Marshall said.
The $120 million worth of new infrastructure projects include:
- $52 million for targeted regional road network repair and improvement, including on the Stuart Highway, Yorke Highway, Dukes Highway and Riddoch Highway
- $35 million to rehabilitate and resurface the South Eastern Freeway between the Tollgate and Crafers
- $15 million for Heysen Tunnel refit and safety upgrade
- $12 million for a higher capacity North-South Freight Route by-passing Adelaide
- $6 million to seal Adventure Way and Innamincka Airport Road
These projects build on the recently released construction contracts – worth approximately $21.5 million – for upgrades on about 200 kilometres of Cleve Road and Browns Well Highway.
Tenders for the $15 million Heysen Tunnel refit as well as the $6 million Adventure Way and Innamincka Airport Road sealing projects have already been released to market to get works on the two developments underway sooner.
“We are trying to get these projects out the door as quickly as possible to support more South Australian jobs and businesses as we deal with the impacts of the coronavirus.
“These projects will help fix hundreds of kilometres of roads and highways, improve road safety and help save lives on our country roads,” Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said.
The projects mentioned above are expected to support up to 165 jobs for local communities.
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