For family-owned freight company Callery of Riverton, the opening of the new Eudunda bypass will mean a safe link for their fleet of 15 heavy vehicles.
During Friday’s official opening of the bypass, Vin, Deb and son Andy shared how the $1.4 million upgrade would allow their drivers to travel safely through SA regional towns.
“It means our trucks can travel through places like Jamestown, Burra, Robertstown and now Eudunda, and connect safely through to Murray Bridge,” Mr Callery said.
The business of 35 years, which mainly carts grain, livestock and fuel, is one of many truck companies to welcome the new passage.
It further improves access to the Viterra silo and bunker sites.
The bypass now links the World’s End and Thiele Highways and is a direct outcome of the 90-Day Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry project.
On Friday, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock was on hand to cut the official ribbon alongside Regional Council of Goyder staff who were instrumental in the newly installed bypass.
Mayor Peter Mattey told about 25 people present that the bypass was the result of a call of concern from the Eudunda community 21 months ago, which felt it was “unacceptable” that B-doubles were travelling through the town’s main centre.
He and Mr Brock said the new link addressed both safety and amenity issues.
The works include:
- a new road link extending Three Chain Road to the Thiele Highway
- a new junction at the Thiele Highway
- a modified junction at Thiele Highway, South Terrace, Viterra silo access
- minor junction improvements along the route to the Viterra bunker site.
“Road transport solutions like this will not only benefit SA’s agriculture sector, but also our regions and broader economy,” Mr Brock said.
“It reduces the distance and time spent on the road transporting products and livestock, and should remove many of these larger vehicles from the township.”
The 90-day project works to identify projects and reforms which have already had a significant impact on reducing costs and saving money for farmers and freight operators across the state.
Mr Brock told the Northern Argus he was optimistic the project could also support a call of concern for the Marrabel Road – a 5.4km stretch between Kapunda and Allendale North.
Mr Brock added he was pleased to work alongside Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan and “take the matter into cabinet and discuss this road with Minister (Stephen) Mullighan”.