Works on a heavy vehicle bypass at Eununda in South Australia are underway as part of a 90-day transport project which has already saved the agricultural industry more than $50 million in transport costs.
The bypass will link the Worlds End and Thiele highways, filling a missing link in the state’s 26-metre B-double network.
It will also upgrade access to the Viterra silo and bunker sites.
The works will include:
- A new road link extending Three Chain Road to the Thiele Highway
- A new junction at the Thiele Highway
- A modified junction at Thiele Highway, South Terrace, Viterra silo access
- Minor junction improvements along the route to the Viterra bunker site
The works were identified in the [email protected] Australia 90-day project to improve road transport for the agriculture industry.
Primary producers and transport operators are already estimated to have benefitted by at least $56 million from the reforms.
The 90-day project was a collaboration between Primary Industries and Regions SA, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Primary Producers SA.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan, said increasing B-double access and reducing the need for heavy vehicles to travel through Eudunda will significantly improve the efficiency of freight movements, especially for grain.
“This is in addition to other reforms from the 90-day project – such as quad road train access between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory – which are creating significant productivity benefits,” said Mr Mullighan.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister, Leon Bignell, said, “With more than $50 million of benefits realised so far, these often small changes can have a big impact on productivity, which benefits our regions and the economy more broadly.”
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said, “These latest initiatives are expected to provide significant improvements, while also building on the benefits that have already been delivered from this transport project, estimated to be at least $56 million.”