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Tenders open for Lobethal freight route

The Australian Government has requested tenders for the $14 million Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade, which is designed to provide a B-double connection between Palmer and Lobethal in South Australia.

The Australian Government-funded project will upgrade 34km of the route to enable heavy vehicle access from the existing Adelaide Hills freight route at Palmer, through Tungkillo and Mount Thomas, to Lobethal.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said that once the project is completed, the freight route to Lobethal would be approved for higher productivity vehicles. This will include B-doubles up to 26m long, as currently only vehicles up to ‘standard’ 19m semi-trailers can service the Lobethal region.

“Some of the major improvements on the freight route will include junction and culvert upgrades for safe turning movements; upgrades to bridge structures and road pavement; safety improvements including road widening and shoulder sealing; and road alignment improvements,” said Pasin.

“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.

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