Local residents and businesses, joined the Minister for Local Government and Regional Development, the Hon Geoff Brock MP, and Regional Council of Goyder representatives as he officially opened the Eudunda Heavy Vehicle Bypass on Friday November 10 2017.
The formal opening was at the Junction of Thiele Highway and Three Chain Road (Now the Heavy Vehicle Bypass (maps below)
This project is an outcome of the 90-day Change@SA project
Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry,
a collaboration between Primary Industries and Regions SA,
the Department of Planning, Transport Infrastructure, and Primary Producers SA.
Connecting the World’s End highway and the Thiele highway with the Heavy Vehicle Truck bypass allows B-Double to connect with allocated routes and better access to local silo infrastructure saving trucking firms and the local farm businesses and ultimately the State a significant amount of money each year.
Eudunda should be proud that they stood up and expressed their wishes that Heavy Vehicles should not be designated for the main street, as was first suggested. They urged that the already existing Truck Bypass be allocated for the route.
From that meeting it also became apparent that the Truckies themselves were concerned about being forced to drive through the main street, if it were to become the Heavy Vehicle Route. They felt they did not need to add risks that were not necessary.
The Town Hall meeting with the Regional Council of Goyder was an example of how ‘People Power’ can work, and thankfully the Councillors took notice and with the fortunate timing of the 90 Day Change project funding coming to the rescue the heavy vehicle bypass was upgraded with some modification at each end.
The project may have cost $1.4 Million, but the benefits to the transport and farming community have been calculated to be some $56 Million dollars already. Additionally the Regional Council of Goyder did much of the work, so that money was kept in the region.
Thank you to Minister Mullighan and team for making the Eudunda township a safer and more pleasant place to meet and shop, and in the savings to our farmers and businesses.
The Herald Newspaper also ran a story on the opening.