Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Ferries McDonald Road (Rural Road) (Rural City of Murray Bridge) - 047060-12SA-RTR

Funding Program:Roads to Recovery Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
Australian Government Contribution:$837,000
Local Council/Shire:South Australian Local Government Grants Commission

Project Description

This project will complete the final section of a north-south regional transport corridor designed to facilitate freight movements across the region. This section of the road is currently unsealed and not fit for purpose to B-Double standard. Funding of $1.4 million was provided out of the Supplementary Roads to Recovery Program in 2005-06 for this project, however final approval for the project to be completed was not provided until the start of the 2011-12 financial year by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPac). Requirements put in place by DSEWPaC for completion of the project include changing the physical geometry at each end of the road that goes through the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park and installation of appropriate signage. These measures have added an additional 0.7 kilometres to the project, now totalling 12.4 kilometres and the delay in obtaining these approvals has resulted in the total cost of the project increasing from the original $2.1 million to $5.5 million.

Work proposed inclues upgrading the vertical and horizontal alignment and sealing the 12.4 kilometre section of the road as well as re-arranging the road alignment at both the north and south ends of the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park to force drivers to slow down and stop prior to proceeding through the park. The road surface texture will also be altered through the park and signage and other visual cues (entrance walls) will be constructed. The project will be completed over four years.

Total cost of proposed project is $5,500,000

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Project details last updated: 10/08/2014