Thursday 13th Dec, 2018

South Australia to get freight connectivity boost with road upgrade

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BETTER freight connections are the aim of the $14m upgrade to the Adelaide Hills freight route to Lobethal

Urban infrastructure and cities minister Paul Fletcher said the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade would provide more reliable freight connections to existing export/import gateways such as Port Adelaide.

“The Lobethal upgrade will improve productivity and reduce ‘last mile’ access issues, especially in regional areas,” he said.

“The Australian Government is working closely with industry to improve freight productivity, including through upgrades like this, as well as initiatives such as the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.”

Federal member for Barker Tony Basin said improvements to be delivered under the upgrade included bridge and culvert widening and strengthening, pavement widening and intersection upgrades.

“This project will upgrade a 34-kilometre route to provide heavy vehicle access from the existing Adelaide Hills freight route at Palmer, through Tungkillo and Mount Torrens to the Thomas Foods International facility in Lobethal,” he said.

“In providing heavy freight trucks, including B-doubles, with a safer, more efficient link between Palmer and Lobethal, this project is crucial to improving the export competitiveness of South Australian industry.”

The $14 million project is fully funded by the Australian Government.

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