Adelaide freight route reopens in temporary fix


Mullighan confirms long-term solution for bridge months away

Adelaide freight route reopens in temporary fix
Stephen Mullighan is not the only one wanting answers

 

A temporary brace has been applied to the South Road tram overpass, allowing road traffic to flow but the cause of a structural weakness within it remains a mystery.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure closed part of the freight route last Wednesday after a bike path attached to the bridge became unstable as elements of the structure shifted.

"South Road has now reopened to all traffic between Cross Road and Anzac Highway," the department says.

"Work crews worked throughout the weekend to install a brace to secure the bikeway attached to the South Road Tram Overpass."

The closure prompted stern words from the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) and the department advised alternative routes for B-doubles.

While saying work could now begin on a long-term fix, state transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan was reportedly at a loss to explain failure but a government investigation into it and the status of other infrastructure is underway.

Mullighan foreshadowed more closures down the track for the permanent fix to be made.

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