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B-doubles receive access on key freight route in South Australia

A freight access upgrade prompted by a series of enhancements to local roads will connect B-doubles running between the Adelaide Hills and the town of Lobethal in South Australia.

The 34 kilometre freight route between Palmer and Lobethal is part of the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade project in which the road network has been future proofed as traffic volumes in the area are expected to increase.

Funding to the tune of $14 million was allocated by the Federal Government to the project as it sought to promote greater export competitiveness through improving productivity for local businesses.

The South Australian Department of Planting, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), in response to the January 2018 major fire event at the Thomas Foods International meat processing facility at Murray Bridge, has been granting permission for B-double vehicles to travel to the company's Lobethal plant on a permit basis for individual vehicles.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said completion of the infrastructure upgrade works has enabled the formal approval of this route as an extension to SA's Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) network between Palmer to Lobethal, via Tungkillo and Mount Torrens.

“The route extension allows B-doubles to travel along Randell Road, Terlinga Road, Onkaparinga Valley Road, Mount Torrens Road and Frick Street,” he said.

“The upgrade works along the arterial road network included various bridge upgrades, road curve and shoulder widening, as well as upgrades to several slow vehicle turn-outs and intersections," said McCormack.

“This is all part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government's ten year pipeline of infrastructure projects getting Australians to where they need to be sooner and safer.”

The provision of safe and efficient access for B-double vehicles to the Lobethal area was identified as a high priority in the A Modern Transport System for Agriculture survey, a joint initiative of DPTI, Primary Industry and Regions SA, and Primary Producers SA.

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