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Construction has begun on a $1.1 billion bridge over the Stirling River in the Central Highlands.
Key points:The project has been dubbed “Project Stirling” because of the river’s proximity to the railway tracks.
It will link Stirling and the Central Coast city of Port Augusta to provide a link between the towns of Port Adelaide and StirlingThe project is expected to be completed in 2021The Stirling bridge will span two rivers, linking Port Augusta and Stirlings, and will be built on the same site as the former RAC Joint Roads bridge.
The $1 billion project, dubbed “Stirling Gateway”, is part of a $2.3 billion upgrade of the existing Central Highlands Road bridge.
It is expected that by 2021 the new bridge will be ready for operation.
“It’s a very, very ambitious project,” Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said.
“The bridge is an example of how you can connect communities across the state.”
Mr Mullighans comments came as he announced the construction of the bridge in Port Augusta.
“We’ve got to get it up to the standards that we expect in terms of design, safety, integrity, reliability, and cost,” he said.
The state Government also announced it would be working with Stirling Mayor Paul Goulburn to finalise a tender for the bridge’s construction.
“I can tell you that there will be a competitive process,” Mr Mullighs said.
Mr Mulligan said that the state would be looking for proposals from private builders.
“What we’re looking for is an entity that’s got the skills and experience to deliver this bridge,” he told the ABC.
“That will be our first objective, we’re not looking for a single entity to deliver the bridge.”
The project will be the first major infrastructure upgrade in the state’s history.
“When we look at the quality of this project, it’s really important we do this on a long-term basis,” Mr Gill said.’
Very ambitious’The bridge will connect Stirling to Port Augusta, the city of Southport and the City of Stirling.
It’s hoped the bridge will link the communities of Stirling with the Central Coastal region.