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A Thursday Note - 13 April 2017

Dear all

An early burst of winter this week, with the coldest day of the year so far, but Easter promises to be fine and sunny.

SAFETY

Many people will take advantage of the Easter long weekend to travel through the State to enjoy time with their family and friends. A reminder to stay safe on the roads. Plan your trip, drive to the conditions, allow plenty of time and take regular rest breaks. And enjoy the chance to rest and recharge.

As at midnight, April 12 there had been 21 fatalities on South Australian roads this year. 

THANK YOU

While this is traditionally time to spend with family and friends and away from work, I'd like to thank and recognise those who are at work; keeping traffic moving, our roads clear, an eye on the water and our public transport running. 

FULL STEAM AHEAD

Major works will continue on the Torrens Road to River Torrens and Torrens Rail Junction projects over Easter.

These will result in traffic restrictions on Port Road, from South Road to Coglin Street, and closures of the Gawler, Grange and Outer Harbor train lines. These works are being carried out at this time to minimise the disruption to road users, train passengers and local businesses. More details here.

AWARD

Congratulations to the T2T Alliance, which took out the inaugural Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures award at the Civil Contractors Federation SA Industry Awards. This recognises the good work T2T has done in promoting the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

YOUR SAY

The Department’s revised Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program have been released for further consultation.

And the second round of campaigns is open at the Ideas Collaboration Forum. We’re seeking ideas for what else we can do to reduce the road toll and also tackle the graffiti issue on the rail network.

SHIP SHAPE

As the cruise ship season ends, our department has received a big thank you for its work in making it a success from the South Australian Tourism Commission: “The station at Outer Harbor looks fantastic and the introduction of the cool cruise daytrip tickets for passengers all adds to the experience. Knowing that we can rely on the help of the public transport system is a great benefit to the arrival planning.”

FLASHBACK

Thanks to DPTI Asphalt Engineer Johnny Tran, who sent in this week’s flashback photo. Taken in the 1960s, it is of the asphalt plant at Northfield. It was closed in 1995, but asphalt from the plant was used to pave many roads throughout the state.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan