Road users and holidaymakers heading down to the Fleurieu Peninsula or across to Kangaroo Island are a step closer to enjoying a faster and safer trip, with the contract awarded to deliver the Fleurieu Connections Package.
The $560 million project, funded by the Australian and South Australian governments, will reduce congestion and traffic bottlenecks while boosting safety and economic growth in the Fleurieu region.
The Fleurieu Connections Alliance, a consortium of CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD, in association with the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport, has been awarded the contract to deliver the Victor Harbor Road Duplication and Main South Road projects.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project would support 770 full-time jobs each year during construction.
“This is another example of the Australian Government’s record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan in action,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Projects like this one are helping to connect communities and improve road safety, while also creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery.”
SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the contract award was an important step towards delivering the much-anticipated project.
“The award to the Fleurieu Connections Alliance means we can now crack on with building another project that will greatly benefit thousands of South Australians,” Minister Wingard said.
“The consortium of CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD has been involved in constructing several major road projects in South Australia, including the Port Wakefield Highway Overpass and Highway Duplication.
“We’re fast approaching the holiday season when many people flock to the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula and beyond, which can cause major traffic congestion along Main South Road.
“When the Fleurieu Connections Package is complete, the journey to the Peninsula will be faster and safer, giving friends and families more time to enjoy rather than sitting in traffic.
“This is just one of the many major projects planned, or already underway, as the Federal and SA governments continue to deliver a $17.9 billion infrastructure pipeline across our state.”
Senator for South Australia and Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham welcomed the contract that would deliver the projects to give South Australians quicker and safer access to the Fleurieu region.
“The significant investment the Morrison and Marshall Governments are injecting into these projects will give not only benefit local motorists and tourism operators but boost job opportunities during construction,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Our Government is helping to deliver the infrastructure projects that best suit the needs of the community and play a critical role in the state’s ongoing economic recovery.”
The project includes duplication of Main South Road from Seaford to Aldinga, a ‘2+1’ lane road layout from Aldinga to Sellicks Beach and duplication of Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and the start of the left turn into McLaren Vale.
Additional safety treatments along Victor Harbor Road, including an overtaking lane at Hindmarsh Valley, also form part of the works.
A planning study will also be undertaken to investigate the preferred solution for Victor Harbor Road between Main Road, McLaren Vale and Tatachilla Road and to Willunga Hill.
CPB Contractors is the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group. Its operations span Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Papua New Guinea.
CPB Contractors managing director Jason Spears said the company was proud to be part of the Fleurieu Connections Alliance.
Works are expected to commence soon for completion in 2024. To find out more about the project, visit www.dit.sa.gov.au