The Whyalla City Council will be seeking an update on the installation of the overtaking lanes between Whyalla and Port Augusta, a project which has been a long way coming for residents.
A motion to seek an update on the project from relevant Ministers was raised by Councillor Tom Antonio at the latest council meeting, pointing out the ‘enormous’ amount of traffic on the highway.
“I know the federal and state governments have committed money towards this, but we just need some assurances about when this is going to happen so we can move on with this project,” he said.
“I think it’s really important that the council and the community are kept in dialogue so that we are fully aware of what’s happening. It’s a little bit disappointing that dialogue isn’t forthcoming.”
Group Manager for City Delivery Andre Stuyt said there had been a call for tenders two weeks ago, which had closed towards the end of July/early August.
“They’re now in the process of evaluating those tenders and looking to appoint the main contractor,” he said.
Councillor David Knox said the council needed an update on how long the development of the overtaking lanes would take.
“We will need to have some instructions on the highway while this is happening, so it’s pretty important to know how long it’s going to take,” he said.
Mayor Lyn Breuer said it would also be important to notify the Australian Army during the construction of the overtaking lanes to ensure it would not be an issue during their exercises.
Cr Antonio agreed, saying it was fair to notify the defence force ahead of the development.