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A Friday Note - 13 of January 2017

Dear all

From sweltering heat to widespread rain, we continue to face all conditions. As the week ends on a damp note, please take extra care on our roads.

SAFETY

As we launch into 2017, it is a timely reminder of the importance to continue performing safety walks across all of our business areas. We can never be complacent and a new year brings the opportunity to take stock and see what we can do to improve safety for all.

The Traffic Operations, Technical Services and Field Services sections have worked together to improve safety through the successful implementation of mobile speed limits, providing a safer work environment for workers who undertake mobile works such as pavement testing and line marking. Signs are mounted on a convoy of vehicles which provide advance information about the lower speed limit ahead.

Positive feedback has been received by both road users and those working within the mobile sites. A South Australian first, this is a great example of collaboration and continuous improvement – congratulations to all involved in this initiative.

PROJECTS

Work on the Torrens to Torrens rail overpass across South Road is progressing in earnest and it is an impressive feat. The last bridge section was craned in yesterday. Have a look at the video here.

We are also starting to see the benefit of other works that fall under the Outer Harbor and Grange rail line closure. Along with new bridges and general maintenance, colourful upgrades are springing to life at some stations. At Woodville Park Station, a local street artist has teamed up with Rail Care to produce this vibrant result:

Another pleasing aspect of the works is collaboration. The City of Charles Sturt has been upgrading drainage infrastructure along Port Road with support from DPTI’s Track Maintenance crew. 

INNOVATION

Richard Herraman and his colleagues deserve recognition for their innovative approach to designing excavations, retaining walls and revetments through the use of unsaturated soil mechanics. The shift in design specification is delivering immense cost and environmental benefits, positioning DPTI as a world leader in this area. Please keep sharing your good news stories.

OMT

Another plank of the department’s Operation Moving Traffic initiative has been launched with new setback bus lanes to be installed along a section of Anzac Highway. We are building momentum with such measures to improve the efficiency, reliability and safety of the transport network.

PROCUREMENT & CONTRACTING

As a modern public service agency we are investing in being more innovative, responsive, collaborative, and community and industry focused. With this in mind, we are modernising our procurement and contracting activities to ensure we maximise outcomes. It is an exciting time with new procurement and contracting opportunities soon be advertised on the DPTI Careers page.

EVENTS

The Tour Down Under wheels its way into town tomorrow, heralding the start of a packed events schedule over the coming weeks. Our department will be working closely with local councils to facilitate road closures and public transport detours. As construction on the O-Bahn project reaches a crucial stage, we continue to collaborate with event organisers and other stakeholders to ensure spectacles like the Fringe, Clipsal 500 and WOMAD run smoothly for all to enjoy.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan