The Marshall Liberal Government has released plans and designs to build the new Victor Harbor Causeway.
The new design, now released for consultation ahead of the detailed design phase, will have a different alignment to the existing structure.
The new alignment will keep the existing Causeway temporarily available for community use while the new build takes place.
The total project cost will be finalised through the design phase and is expected to be completed by late 2021.
In the 2019-20 State Budget the Marshall Government committed an initial $20 million towards securing the future of the Victor Harbor Causeway, as part of its record $1.115 billion regional roads and infrastructure program.
“The Marshall Government is investing in regional infrastructure and has secured the future of the Granite Island Causeway,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“The new and improved Granite Island Causeway, along with the Island itself, will continue to be an iconic tourism drawcard for the region.
“Earlier this year we finalised the Causeway’s temporary repairs so we could maintain access to Granite Island and now we’re getting on with the job of delivering a long-term solution.
“Unfortunately, the former Labor government let this causeway rot because they refused to invest in South Australia’s regional infrastructure.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is investing record levels in regional roads and infrastructure and has secured the future of this South Australian icon.”
Member for Finniss David Basham said the Causeway had been an iconic piece of tourism infrastructure in South Australia for more than 150 years.
“The Victor Harbor Causeway is one of the biggest tourism drawcards in Victor Harbor and the broader Fleurieu Peninsula region,” said Mr Basham.
“Along with the historic horse-drawn tram, it’s the jewel in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s tourism crown.
“So many local businesses rely on tourism dollars to make their livelihoods, support their families and create local jobs.
“Securing the future of the Granite Island Causeway goes a long way to securing the future of the tourism industry in the region which is so important to our local economy.”