Joint Media Release: Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade Underway

Major works have started on the Coalition Government’s $14 million Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade.

Thirty-four kilometres of road between Palmer and Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills will get an overhaul including bridge and culvert widening and strengthening, pavement widening and intersection upgrades.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrade would improve safety and productivity on one of Adelaide’s arterial roads.

“It will provide heavy freight trucks with a safer, more efficient link between Palmer and Lobethal and will increase the competitiveness of South Australian export industries,” Mr Tudge said.

The upgrade will also extend the freight route from Palmer through Tungkillo and Mount Torrens to Lobethal via the existing arterial road network.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the project was expected to support around 60 full-time jobs during construction.

“Our investment in this project is providing employment opportunities for local industry and supporting economic growth,” Senator Ruston 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.”

Works on the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade Project are expected to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.

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