Emergency services test out the new $67.7 Gawler East Link Road

South Australia’s Gawler East Link Road has been tested by emergency responders at it moves into the final stages of construction.

The $67.7 million project supported 110 local jobs during construction and has resulted in a 5.5 kilometre upgrade to improve traffic with direct access to Main North Road without needing to travel through Gawler Town Centre.

Emergency services are always provided with a familiarisation tour of new roads to ensure they’re ready and prepared to respond to incidents along new routes.

South Australia Police, the Metropolitan Fire Service and the Country Fire Service have reviewed emergency access to the new South Para Bridge and identified future detour routes, fire hydrant locations, water supplies, vehicle storage locations and turn around points.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said it’s important our frontline emergency services are familiar with the new road ahead of potentially life and death call outs.

“Our emergency services do such a wonderful job responding to all manner of incidents including house and bush fires, car accidents and medical emergencies,” Wingard said.

“It’s important they know where they’re going and how a new road works before they’re deployed.”

The new road is hoped to accommodate for future development in Gawler East as the regions’ population grows. It will support economic activity and enhance connectivity between current and future developments.

“Ask any local and they’ll tell you it can take around 10 minutes some days to make the trip between Calton Road and Main North Road through the town centre so the new road will cut time off that and make a more reliable run,” Wingard said.

“This project forms part of the State Government’s record $12.9 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years supporting our local economy and creating thousands of jobs at a time we need it most.”

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