The South Australian Government is continuing to build its regional road network, releasing expressions of interest (EOI) and tenders for three road projects worth over $300 million.
The projects are jointly funded by the federal and state governments and include the $200 million Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication, $90 million Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication and $14.6 million Penola Northern Bypass.
State Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said EOI’s had opened to prequalified industry groups for the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication and Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication.
“Once tenderers provide responses to the EOl, submissions will be evaluated, with two shortlisted tenderers invited to submit an offer, as part of the next stage of the procurement,” Mr. Knoll said.
“The procurement will ensure local small to medium enterprises are given the opportunity to deliver key aspects of these important projects, under the main works contract.”
The EOI also includes a planning study and construction works for duplication and overtaking lane improvements on the Augusta Highway.
Major construction works are expected to begin in 2020, with completion scheduled for 2022.
A tender has also been released for construction of the Penola Northern Bypass, with the contract expected to be awarded in late 2019.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said project benefits would be wide ranging.
“Each of these projects will boost safety and deliver travel time savings for everyday South Australians and the tourists that visit the state’s beautiful attractions,” Mr. McCormack said.
“The Joy Baluch AM Bridge duplication and the Penola Northern Bypass projects in particular will have a positive impact on freight productivity.”
Mr. McCormack said local traffic will be separated from freight vehicles on the Penola Northern Bypass, enabling freight drivers to transport products faster.
“The Penola Bypass aims to significantly reduce heavy vehicle traffic volumes through the Penola township, reduce conflict between heavy vehicles, pedestrians and local traffic within Penola and reduce travel time and create improved access for heavy vehicles,” Mr. McCormack said.