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DPTI Matters - 27 September 2019

A word from the Chief Executive

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Emergency exercise

It was great to see our Executive Crisis Management Team gather last week to practice our major incident response processes, giving us some valuable learnings that will help refine them.

In this instance the scenario focused on significant infrastructure in the CBD, as well as impacts to all public transport services. I was impressed with the way the team pulled together to work through the many complex issues and the exercise will stand us in good stead for dealing with a real emergency situation.

A group of businesspeople gathered around a tables grouped in a rectangle. There is a presenter at the front, wearing a hi-vis vest, and most are looking at a presentation on screen, which is just to the right of center at the back of the image.
The Executive Crisis Management Team in action.


Striking style

One of the largest bridges on the Northern Connector Project is up and running with finishing touches, including striking curved panels along the edges, being added as part of the urban design.

The panels were installed by Adelaide contractor Iguana Creative, who cut, moulded and mounted them on to a structural steel frame, which they also made.

The final design forms a wing-like shape, taking inspiration from the shorebirds that inhabit the neighbouring Barker Inlet Wetlands.

The bridge, a key component of the Southern Interchange, connects motorists exiting the South Road Superway to the Salisbury Highway.

A shot of a bridge taken from the ground some distance away.  The bridge is a long curve strating from straight on the right and curving away into the distance towards the left of the picture. The edge of the bridge is curved from bottom to top and it is a metallic gold colour. The tops of vehicles can be seen on the bridge.
The new bridge that takes vehicles from the South Road Superway to Salisbury Highway.


Signing up

Work to upgrade 50 bus and tram stops with new digital signage and better information accessibility has now been completed.

The signage affects a wide range of stops, including the addition of audio and hearing loops to 31 digital bus stops on Currie Street, Grenfell Street and along the O-Bahn, plus nine new real-time signs with audio and hearing loops at Tea Tree Plaza, Paradise and Klemzig O-Bahn interchanges and the Dumas Street interchange at Mt Barker.

Ten new digital real-time screens with audio and hearing loops have been installed at city tram stops including Adelaide Railway Station, City West, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Rundle Mall, Pirie Street, Victoria Square and the Entertainment Centre.

This is a great step towards meeting customer needs and improving the public transport experience, and I congratulate the team involved.

A black signs with a digital screen in the middle showing various bus numbers and there expected arrival times. On the side of the sign is vertical blue panel with a speaker in it, which has a picture of a bus and an information sign above it. There is an audio loop sign below the speaker.
A digital sign at Paradise Interchange.


International Day of Older Persons

Next Tuesday is International Day of Older Persons and, as the event is marked around the world, DPTI can proudly say we currently have five different generations working together across the organisation.

Our generational cross section includes the so-called Traditionalists (pre-1945), Baby Boomers, GenX, Millenials and iGen.

The depth of experience and talent we have at DPTI is a strong part of our success story, and with the International Day of Older Persons in focus we offer a big vote of thanks to our more senior staff for all they bring to the workplace.


Full picture

Staff at DPTI’s Traffic Management Centre did a great job piecing together details for SA Police after a member of the public rang about a truck with smoking brakes on the South Eastern Freeway this week.

Footage from CCTV was called on to show the speed and position of the truck at various points after it was tracked going through a red light at the bottom of the hill.

TMC staff provided a rapid and detailed response to police to help complete the investigation picture.

A semi-trailer coming down the hill with the Heysen tunnels in the background. Some smoke can be seen around the rear wheels.


Outback safety

As travellers head out to the 2019 Innamincka Gymkhana and Motokhana event this weekend, DPTI is urging drivers to Think! Road Safety on outback roads.

With roadworks required on parts of the journey, the Outback Road Safety campaign is a timely reminder to slow down around roadworkers, obey Road Traffic Management signs and keep in mind that unsealed roads can pose unexpected hazards and slippery road surfaces.

School holidays are also underway, so many will be travelling in unfamiliar areas. I encourage everyone to heed all safety advice to protect themselves, their passengers and other road users.

A man wearing hi-vis safety clothing is holding a stop sign on a dirt road where work is taking place. There are witches hats curved along the road and machinery and workers in the background. Across the top of the image is a red panel with white lettering on it which reads Slow down around roadworkers. Real people, real families


Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows Colley Reserve, at Glenelg, around 1900. There’s been a lot of discussion here about exactly where this was taken and where current landmarks might sit. See if you can work it out.

A woman is standing in front of a fountain and there is a canon in the foreground. There are several old buildings in the background. There are mouns all around with what looks like some kind of grass or seaweed on them.
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