Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP is pleased to advise an Expression of Interest (EOI) and tender has today been released for the $90 million Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project.
This step signals the formal commencement of this vitally important major works project for the electorate, with construction scheduled to commence next year.
“I am also pleased to release revised design concept plans for the overpass and lane duplication works, developed in response to the extensive stakeholder and community consultation that has occurred since the $90 million project was announced last August.
“The community information session in Port Wakefield at the Eagles Sports Club in February was particularly important, with more than 100 people taking advantage of the opportunity to directly share their ideas with Department of Transport and Infrastructure project team members.
“The major change to the works drawings is instead of four lanes of traffic running through the township, two separate carriageways are proposed, one for northbound traffic travelling from Adelaide to Yorke Peninsula/Port Augusta and another running parallel/east of the township to take southbound traffic exiting the overpass from Yorke Peninsula/Port Augusta to Adelaide.
“The southbound carriageway I particularly welcome as it will improve traffic flow through the township, offers direct access to the town’s business strip, and allows for significant improvements for the traffic heading to and from Balaklava – instead of an additional roundabout to take this traffic they will use a new realigned intersection which will be a vast improvement.
“I also welcome the further considerations that have been provided to increase safety for pedestrians and residents which include increased footpath widths, pedestrian crossings and parking areas.
“This is an exciting day that brings this major regional road project another step closer to reality. “