A Friday Note - 17 February 2017
Some welcome relief from the heat this week.
Our people have reopened a vital section of North East Road south of Kersbrook following months of intricate work to repair extreme damage from one of last year’s wild storms.
As you can see, it was a colossal task to reinstate the embankment, guard fence and carriageway, making it safe for motorists to use once more. Many thanks to everyone involved, in particular Field Services Civil & Bridge Team, Geotechnical Group and all of the contractors who collaborated with us.
Safety is also key focus of a $2m upgrade that started this week at one of our major intersections. On an average weekday, more than 55 000 vehicles use the North East Road intersection with Northcote, Nottage and Stephen terraces. Improvements, including an additional sheltered right-turn lane, pedestrian crossing upgrades and LED lighting will boost safety and improve traffic flow – two of our department’s key drivers. Across town in Adelaide’s south, important works are also underway to resurface almost 6 kilometres of Black Road at Flagstaff Hill, which will significantly enhance safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists. They are further examples of how our projects, whether big, medium or small, are making a positive difference.
Still on safety, I will be providing a weekly update on our state’s road toll. The impact of road trauma on our community should always be front of mind so that we can strengthen our resolve to prevent further tragedies. As of midnight, we have lost nine lives on our roads this year.
Efforts are being ramped up to address graffiti across our public transport network with a new security contract which will increase patrols around commonly targeted areas. It comes on top of our multi-million dollar roll out of new high-tech CCTV cameras, improved lighting and emergency contact points at stations and interchanges. We always want our passengers to feel safe and secure while also enjoying the amenity of our services and surrounds.
The project team for the City Tram Extension is on hand in Rundle Mall today to answer questions and receive feedback from the public. It is excellent to see our people out in the community talking about the benefits of what we are delivering for South Australians.
Our department is involved in the Destination SA Project which aims to maximise Bluetooth beacon technology, tapping into the existing 1 600 Addinsight Bluetooth devices, to inform the community of nearby facilities, venues, events and other location-specific information. The DPTI Library is hosting a seminar next Thursday which will explore this and more.
Thank you to the terrific group of undergraduates who have been working with us over the summer holidays. It has been a wonderful opportunity to share our knowledge and experience while benefitting from fresh ideas. We wish them all the best in their professional endeavours.
Last Sunday, some 80 past and present departmental employees based in the eastern part of the state gathered at Murray Bridge to rekindle old relationships and to celebrate the department's achievements since the mid-80s.
Many of those present were involved in the design, construction and maintenance of the state's road network including the South Eastern Freeway, the Dukes Highway and Sturt Highway, and their pride in departmental projects is still very evident. Have a look at more photos from the event here.
Well done to Peter Bravey and Carol Curzon from the Regulation Directorate for their response in assisting SAPOL in the investigation of a hit-run vehicle incident. Their timely actions led to the swift arrest of the alleged driver and it is a great example of agencies working together to achieve positive outcomes for the community.
Following this week’s sizeable operation to transport cruise ship visitors on Valentine’s Day, it will be another busy period for our public transport crews this weekend with the Fringe and Guns N’ Roses attracting bumper crowds to the city. We thank everyone for your efforts in getting the public to and from these important events which make Adelaide the vibrant city it is.
Jenna Phillips-Wilkinson and the Departmental Coordination team have been acknowledged with an ‘on-time award’ for their work on the cross-government Annual Report reform process. Our department has been praised for providing all of the requested data and information within crucial timeframes, a significant effort given the volume and complexity of material involved. Jenna was honoured to receive a Caramello Koala as the prize, making victory particularly sweet.
Have a good weekend