The Federal Government has announced the successful contractor to deliver the $14 million Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade in South Australia.
McConnell Dowell has been awarded the contract, which involves upgrading a 34-kilometre route to provide heavy vehicle access from the existing Adelaide Hills freight route at Palmer, through Tungkillo and Mount Torrens to the Thomas Foods International facility in Lobethal.
Improvements include bridge and culvert widening and strengthening, pavement widening and intersection upgrades.
“The Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade is an investment in South Australian business and jobs as it will provide more reliable freight connections to existing export/import gateways like Port Adelaide and to the state and national highway network,” said Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher in a statement.
“The Lobethal upgrade will improve productivity and reduce ‘last mile’ access issues, especially in regional areas. The Australian Government is working closely with industry to improve freight productivity, including through upgrades like this, as well as initiatives such as the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy,” he said.
The $14 million project is fully funded by the Australian Government.