Almost $400,000 in funds will be handed to Light Regional Council to assist with the sealing of Kings Bridge Road, north-east of Kapunda.
The money was recently awarded through the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
According to Light Regional Council mayor Bill O’Brien, the handout will match council’s own contribution, with the delivery of the upgrade estimated at $800,000.
“Council is most grateful for this assistance,” Mr O’Brien said.
Works will include new pavement, stormwater drainage improvements, sealing and minor junction works at the Thiele Highway and Marrabel Road.
Mr O’Brien explained how Kings Bridge Road is an important link in the Heavy Vehicle Freight Route, with the works necessary to assist with freight movement away from the central business of the town.
“The funding also provides council with the opportunity to continue to invest in infrastructure that support the transport related industries in our region and is a further link in completing the jigsaw with only one portion of route remaining to be realigned and sealed,” he said.
“I am sure that those drivers who regularly use this route to take their harvested products and livestock to the marketplace will also welcome this major upgrade.”
He also acknowledged the “considerable efforts” of council staff in securing the funds.
Meanwhile, Kapunda hay and feed pellet processing company, JT Johnson and Sons director Mark Johnson also welcomed the announcement.
“The investment would assist with the transport of hay, grain, livestock and machinery for farmers in the district,” Mr Johnson said.
“The commitment from Light Regional Council and the Australian Government to improve regional freight routes is appreciated and will help local businesses become more efficient in very competitive markets,” he added.
Council will begin construction work early in 2019 with a completion date expected prior to winter.