Lyndoch bridge replacements to unlock economic activity in Barossa’s south

Bridge upgrades at Lyndoch worth a combined $5.456 million are set to enhance access and facilitate higher productivity access in the Southern Barossa.

The Lyndoch and Altona Bridges on Barossa Valley Way will be replaced under round three of the Bridges Renewal Program from the Australian Government, jointly funded by the State Government.

“These bridges were assessed to be in poor overall condition, with the bridge structure identified as a high priority for replacement,” Member for Schubert and Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said.

They were also identified in the 90-day project ‘A Modern Transport System for Agriculture’, a partnership between the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Primary Industries and Regions SA and Primary Producers SA.

“The bridge geometry and strength restriction created productivity constraints for freight movements which only allowed 19-metre semi-trailer movements at General Mass Limits only,” Mr Knoll said.

“The improvements we are making to the road geometry as well as the bridge replacement will enable 19m semi-trailer movements at Higher Mass Limits on the bridges.

“It will also enable B-double vehicles in the future once other improvements are made along the road.”

Currently, high productivity vehicles travel from Rowland Flat back to Gomersal Road, Tanunda, to access the Sturt Highway.

Mr Knoll said addressing these deficiencies to enable higher mass limit movements along Barossa Valley Way would result in shorter trips for freight operators, therefore reducing travel time and vehicle operating costs.

“These works will help to unlock further economic activity in the Southern Barossa, and deliver better efficiencies for local businesses and industry,” he said.

Construction on the Lyndoch Bridge began this week and Altona Bridge will follow, with all works expected to be complete by June 2019.