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A Friday Note - 3 August 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

With funding for the electrification of the full Gawler rail line announced recently, it’s pleasing to note that work on this major upgrade is set to begin.

The track will be partially closed between Adelaide and Mawson Lakes for preliminary night works from approximately 9pm on consecutive Sundays, reopening first service on Monday,  from 5 August up to and including 16 September.  Substitute buses will operate between Adelaide and Mawson Lakes railway stations, with train services running between Gawler Central and Mawson Lakes railway stations.

Thanks to the teams who have worked so hard to allow this important project to commence so quickly.

Building bridges

DPTI has supported the development of young minds through the Bridge Building Competition for many years and this year we again sponsored the All-Rounder and Efficiency Awards.

We also had two of our structural engineers, Ali Mohammadi and Daniel Callary, from our Technical Services section judge the competition.

The competition is run every year by Aurecon during Science Week and aims to encourage school students in years 8 and 9 to study STEM subjects in their senior high-school years.

It’s refreshing to see such enthusiasm for engineering and impressive to see the innovative construction techniques and digital bridge designs.

Project celebration

It was an honour to join with staff from DPTI and other departments to celebrate the 90-day project Improving Road Transport for Primary Production, at an afternoon tea yesterday.

This project has been a shining light for primary industries transport in SA as a result of the hard work by many across the department.

The project had DPTI, Primary Industries and Regions SA, and industry group Primary Producers SA working together with the primary industries sector to identify road access issues.

White Ribbon

It was good to see DPTI staff joining with SA Police and Wilson Security to highlight the White Ribbon message in support of White Ribbon Night last weekend.

SAPOL’s Public Transport Safety branch organised an event featuring police vehicles, oversized speech bubbles with White Ribbon related text, balloons, pamphlets, stickers, tattoos and hashtag flyers  to be distributed to members of the public.

Several DPTI staff joined in enthusiastically to help ensure the message reached as many people as possible.

Well done to all involved.

Showing benefits

The message about the benefits of public transport is being driven home to car drivers who could be using the O-Bahn bus route.

Signs on Hackney Road and Grenfell Street give drivers a clear indication of how much quicker their journey could be by posting comparative travel times to Tea Tree Plaza by car and by O-Bahn.

In the photo below, the O-Bahn time was an impressive 18 minutes difference.

This is a great innovation that will help people to understand the advantages of public transport in the most practical of terms.

Successful alliance

The Public Transport Projects (PTP) Alliance, between DPTI, McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott MacDonald, has reached its six-month mark and continues to work over all three of its projects – Oaklands Crossing, Port Dock Rail Line and the O-Bahn Park ‘n’ Rides.

Recently the Oaklands crossing was successfully relocated to enable the start of construction of the western side of the bridge.  Overhead gantry relocations were also completed, allowing excavation of the lowered rail line to continue east of Morphett Road.

More than 10,000m3 of material has been excavated from the area immediately south of the existing station and piling – which is 70% complete.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday photo shows  King William Street, its buildings and traffic, looking south towards the Town Hall about 1923.

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive