The South Australian Government will fast track new major infrastructure projects as part of its $1 billion economic stimulus package to support jobs and local businesses.
More than $120 million in new infrastructure projects are included, with $52 million going towards targeted regional road network repair, $35 million to rehabilitate and resurface the South Eastern Freeway and $15 million for Heysen Tunnel refits and safety upgrades.
A further $12 million will be brought forward for a higher capacity North-South Freight Route by-passing Adelaide, with $6 million fast tracked to seal Adventurer Way and Innamincka Airport Road.
SA Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government has a strong plan to protect South Australians from the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The State Government is fast tracking new infrastructure projects to help keep more South Australians in a job and support local businesses during these unprecedented times,” he said.
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“By fast tracking infrastructure projects, providing tax relief for households and businesses and delivering business and community support funding, we are aiming to keep as many hard-working South Australians in a job as possible.”
SA Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said tenders had already been released for the $15 million Heysen Tunnel refit and $6 million Adventure Way and Innamincka Airport Road sealing.
“We are trying to get these projects out the door as quickly as possible to support more South Australian jobs and businesses as we deal with the impacts of the coronavirus,” he said.
“These projects will help fix hundreds of kilometres of roads and highways, improve road safety and help save lives on our country roads.”