29/03/2020 | Steven Marshall MP | Stephan Knoll MP | More Jobs

New major infrastructure projects will be fast tracked as part of the Marshall Government’s $1 billion economic stimulus package to support local jobs and businesses.

The State Government has announced that $120 million of new infrastructure projects will be fast tracked and support 165 jobs, including;

  • $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; and,
  • $6 million to seal Adventure Way and Innamincka Airport Road.

This $120 million infrastructure spend builds on the $21.5 million worth of construction contracts released last week to upgrade almost 200 kilometres of Cleve Road and Browns Well Highway.

Premier Marshall said the State Government has a strong plan that is being swiftly implemented to protect South Australians from the economic and health impacts of the coronavirus 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,” said Premier Marshall.

“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.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said tenders had already been released for the $15 million Heysen Tunnel refit and $6 million Adventure Way and Innamincka Airport Road sealing to get these projects underway as soon as possible.

“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,” said Minister Knoll.

“These projects will help fix hundreds of kilometres of roads and highways, improve road safety and help save lives on our country roads.”