09/09/2020 | Corey Wingard MP | More Jobs | Better Services

Important infrastructure projects across South Australia are supporting local businesses to create jobs and grow confidence as we deal with the greatest economic struggle of our time.

As the state navigates through the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, construction work is proving vital to our state’s prosperity.

The $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street project, funded by the Morrison and Marshall Governments, is creating 210 jobs per year during construction – a number of those within regional company Bowhill Engineering.

Bowhill has been engaged to build and deliver the girder segments for the Regency Road overpass bridge as well as the temporary steel trestles on which the bridge will be built before it’s moved into place over the road.

The family-owned South Australian company also delivered many of the bridge beams on the recently completed Darlington Upgrade Project.

Their successful involvement with Darlington allowed the company to expand and employ another 10 people from the local region and positioned them well to tender for the R2P project.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said it’s companies like Bowhill Engineering that are helping support our state at a time when we need it most.

“Bowhill’s success over the past few years has seen them expand from 18 employees in 2016 to more than 40 today,” Minister Wingard said.

“It’s fantastic to be able to support local, family-owned businesses though our major infrastructure projects.

“With our record $12.9 billion investment in infrastructure continuing to roll out across the state there’s plenty of work for companies like Bowhill up for grabs.”

Bowhill Managing Director Jeremy Hawkes said both projects have provided job security, skills and career growth for employees.

“The fact that we’re able to build this important local infrastructure within our own community is to be commended,” Mr Hawke said.

As well as constructing the girder segments for the Regency Road overpass bridge central spans the company is also supplying the R2P Project with steel for the pedestrian and cyclist overpass, being installed near Pym Street.

The jointly funded R2P project involves the construction of a new 1.8km section of non-stop motorway along South Road, connecting to the South Road Superway to the north and Torrens Road to River Torrens Project to the south.

Once complete, R2P will deliver travel time savings of up to eight minutes during peak periods (or 4.5 minutes on average) on South Road between Regency Road and Pym Street.