Major contractors awarded three SA regional transport projects

Artist impression courtesy of CIMIC Group.

The South Australian Government has selected the Regional Projects Alliance (RPA) to deliver three projects in Port Wakefield to Port Augusta.

Aurecon Australasia, GHD and CPB Contractors make up the alliance. The group will work together with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in South Australia to deliver the three projects.

The projects include, Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication in Port Augusta, the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication and the Augusta Highway Planning Project located between Port Augusta and Port Wakefield.

Generated revenue for CPB Contractors is expected to be $236.8 million.

CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Juan Santamaria said the company will draw on its proven capability to efficiently deliver major road projects through an alliance stye contract.

“These three upgrades will provide improved road safety, reduced traffic congestion and greater network resilience for the communities of regional South Australia,” Mr. Santamaria said.

CPB Contractors Managing Director Diego Zumaquero said the company is pleased to work with the South Australian Government to ensure these infrastructure projects are delivered safely and on schedule.

“A key focus will be on maximising social and economic benefits to the regional and indigenous community, including employment, training and economic opportunities,” Mr. Zumaquero said.

Works will begin this year and the three projects are expected to be completed by 2022.

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) has welcomed the awarding of contracts by the state government for works to commence on the duplication of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge in Port Augusta.

In a statement the company said Port Augusta is one of Australia’s most strategically important transport corridors, sitting at the heart of the nation’s east-west and north-south freight routes.

SACOME said Port Augusta is also a hub for South Australia’s mineral-rich far north and western regions, with the projected growth of these provinces expected to exert further pressure on this infrastructure bottleneck.

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