The construction of the 27 kilometre Jack Bobridge Track from Tanunda to Gawler is progressing well, primarily because of the greatly improved weather conditions since early September and the superb co-operation from SA Water and Telstra in the relocation of key infrastructure along the track route.
The Tanunda to Lyndoch section of the path will be completed by January 2013, with a planned official opening of the section to take place on Thursday, 17 January. Construction of the Lyndoch to Gawler section of the path will follow immediately, with a planned project completion date of May 2013.
Mayor Brian Hurn said the co-operation that Council had received from SA Water and Telstra was timely and greatly appreciated. Negotiations between SA Water and Council facilitated the major rescheduling of the replacement and realignment of a main water line from late 2013 to late October 2012.
“Telstra, a valued partner in the project, has relocated a number of underground pits on the path route to allow timely and cost-effective construction of the track," Mayor Hurn said.
Mayor Hurn said co-operation with committed project partners such as SA Water and Telstra will ensure the project is completed on time.
“Council is also pleased to be working with construction company Downer on the bike track. The professional approach to the project and the co-operation received from Downer has been very much appreciated by Council.”
The Tanunda to Lyndoch sections of the path are presently at different stages of construction, as outlined:
- Construction of the first section of the path from the Tanunda Caravan Park (0.8 km in length) has been delayed due to the replacement of the underground water main by SA Water. The old main, located under the planned path route, was in a poor state of repair and has been replaced with a new mains line under the road surface, away from the path. Construction of this section of the path should start in late-November after completion of laying of the new line;
- The next section (0.75 km) has been sealed;
- The following section to St Hallett’s (0.6 km) involves major bridge and retaining wall work, with bridge construction presently taking place off-site;
- The 5.49 km section from St Hallett’s to Rowland Flat, along the North Para River and Jacob’s Creek and adjoining the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and adjacent to theNovotel Resort, has been sealed;
- The 1.75 km section through Rowland Flat up to the Tanunda to Lyndoch rail corridor is presently being prepared for the laying of the sub-base, with some culvert and bridge work required;
- Path construction work along the 1.27 km section of rail corridor from the Barossa Valley Way to Altona will commence in December;
- The section of path from Altona to Lyndoch (2.45 km) has been prepared for sealing;
- The section of path through the Lyndoch Village Green to Lyndoch Oval (0.61 km) has been sealed.
Mayor Hurn said Council was receiving great feedback from the local community about the track and eagerly looks forward to regular use of the track by locals and visitors, whether they are involved in walking, jogging, cycling or other recreational activities.