PROJECT works on Ferries McDonald Road are now complete, greatly improving the strategic north/south link for freight through the Murraylands, east of Murray Bridge. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had provided $3.65 million towards the road upgrade through the Roads to Recovery Programme.

“The Ferries McDonald Road project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Rural City of Murray Bridge—a good example of governments working together to deliver a vital infrastructure upgrade,” Mr Truss said.

“Roads to Recovery supports the maintenance of local roads throughout the nation, improving road safety and boosting local economies.

“Over the next five years, the Australian Government will invest $2.1 billion in Roads to Recovery projects across the country.”

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Roads to Recovery programme was funding projects that would make a real difference.

“Projects are nominated by local councils, which have the grassroots knowledge of what needs doing in their own areas,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Ferries McDonald Road project is a good example of the value of the programme, by improving freight efficiency across the Murraylands region. 

“Works have involved sealing 12.4 kilometres of road, upgrading it to B-Double standard.”

Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said sections of Ferries McDonald Road had been realigned and the works would greatly improve both access and road safety. 

“Critical to this project has been the management, protection and preservation of native and remnant vegetation and the local malleefowl population along the route,” Senator Birmingham said.