Early works ramping up on SA’s biggest ever infrastructure project

13 May 2020

Investigation works are ramping up and an Executive Director has been appointed to oversee South Australia’s biggest ever infrastructure project, the final 10.5 km stretch of the North-South Corridor.

A $3 million tender has been released to engage geotechnical experts to undertake investigation works to determine the final stage of the North-South Corridor.

In addition, Ms Susana Fueyo has been appointed Executive Director of the North-South Corridor Program Delivery Office (PDO) to oversee the final stage of this complex project.

“The final stage of the North-South Corridor will be the single biggest infrastructure project in South Australia’s history,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“We already have $5.4 billion on the table to help deliver this project that will underpin thousands of jobs over the next decade and finally see the completion of the 78-kilometre North-South Corridor.

“The geotechnical work we are now seeking will help us assess the viability of tunnelling which form part of two of the three solutions being assessed after they were ruled out by the former Labor administration.

“These investigations have been developed with consideration given to property access constraints, minimising traffic impacts and is largely focused on areas that can be accessed now.”

Earlier this year, SMEC, WSP and Tunnelling Solutions mapped out the test locations, depths, sampling and testing requirements to progress the planning of the options.

The State Government is now seeking to engage an expert company to undertake the $3 million investigation works over the next 12 months.

In addition, following an extensive recruitment process, Ms Fueyo has been appointed as Executive Director of the North-South Corridor Project Delivery Office within DPTI.

“Ms Fueyo is currently the Program Director at Major Roads Projects Victoria, overseeing a $4 billion portfolio of works including the $2 billion M80 Upgrade and the $1.28 billion Tulla Widening project,” said Minister Knoll.

“We are delighted that South Australia has been able to secure someone with the expertise and experience of Ms Fueyo to oversee this mammoth project.”

Ms Fueyo said she looks forward to being involved in the completion of the North-South Corridor, which will deliver enormous benefits to South Australians when completed.

“The final stage between Darlington and the River Torrens will be complex, regardless of which solution is implemented, and I’ll be able to draw on my experience delivering similar large road projects to build something that will have enduring value for the community,” said Ms Fueyo.

 

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