The new Granite Island Causeway is set to breathe new life and reinvigorate Granite Island and the Victor Harbor surrounds, says Business Victor Harbor.
“Business Victor Harbor supports the State Government’s initiative of the new Causeway and we see the project as necessary for the ongoing viability and further development of our region,” says Michael Schubert, Chairman of Business Victor Harbor.
Construction on the new Causeway is set to commence later this year after a condition assessment by engineers identified that the original Causeway was approaching the end of its useful life. Safety issues were originally raised around the current Causeway in early 2019 after a pylon broke off and fell into the ocean below, temporarily cancelling the horse-drawn tram from operating.
DPTI has released the two contractors shortlisted to design and construct the new project, McConnell Dowell Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd and WATPAC Australia Pty Ltd.
The new concept design is set to be constructed alongside the existing Causeway that currently carries pedestrian traffic and the horse-drawn tram before curving onto Granite Island. It will continue to be both a tourist attraction and remain a firm favourite among locals for years to come.
“The City of Victor Harbor is very pleased to hear the announcement and looks forward to continuing to work together with DPTI on this signification project for Victor Harbor and South Australia,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins.
“We welcome and support this development and anticipate an increase in tourism, business and community engagements as a result,” Michael Schubert said.
“Given the new Causeway will run alongside the current one during construction ensures a seamless transition from the old to the new and enables business and tourism to keep operating at full capacity,” he said.
According to Acting Infrastructure and Transport Minister Rob Lucas as quoted in today’s article in The Times, building the new causeway will support around 43 full time equivalent jobs per year over the life of the project which is vital during these tough economic times.
The project is to be delivered by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), working collaboratively with the City of Victor Harbor, and is expected to be open for public access in late 2021.
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