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3 May 2022

$446,000 to upgrade Back Valley Bridge │ Media release

The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects across Mayo, with $446,000 allocated to replace the Keen Road Bridge at Back Valley.

This project forms part of the Morrison Government’s Bridges Renewal Program which is funding the replacement and widening of bridges, strengthening existing structures and upgrading floodways to bridges across the country.

As part of the program, the Morrison Government is supporting the City of Victor Harbor to replace the Keen Road Bridge, contributing $446,000 to the $726,000 project.

Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan CSC said the replacement of the Keen Road Bridge was an important project for Back Valley locals.

“This Morrison Government funding will allow the City of Victor Harbor to carry out this important project to replace the existing one lane timber bridge with a two-lane concrete box culvert,” Senator McLachlan said.

“Works will include the development of wider lanes, road sealing, compliant safety barriers, signage and marking.

“Improving our bridges means safer driving for all of us, as well as faster and more efficient movement of freight.”

Liberal candidate for Mayo Allison Bluck said the project would support primary producers and local jobs.

“Replacing the Keen Road Bridge will support local jobs and ensure our Back Valley farmers have access to safe and efficient travel routes,” Ms Bluck said.

“Improving our bridges reduces the time it takes to get produce to market and helps to keep our supply chains running smoothly.”

In the 2022-23 Budget the Coalition Government allocated an additional $40 million to the Bridges Renewal Program over the next four years, taking the total funding commitment to nearly $900 million.

Since the Bridges Renewal Program commenced in 2015 – 16 it has supported 730 projects, of which 495 projects have been completed.

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