Strzelecki Track Upgrade and Sealing Project
The Strzelecki Track
The Strzelecki Track is a 472 km unsealed rural road that links the towns of Lyndhurst to Innamincka in the north east of South Australia. It is a vital supply link for major oil and gas facilities located near Moomba, in the Cooper Basin, and is an essential transport corridor for outback communities, tourism and pastoralists. The track is subject to occasional closure during the winter months when the road is impassable due to flooding.
The unsealed road contributes to higher direct freight costs (due to slow and unreliable travel times), high supply chain costs and increased crash potential.
Strategic context and benefits of the project
The Strzelecki Track upgrade and sealing project is a key recommendation in the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia, released in 2012. It is also identified as a priority project in South Australia’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan, released in July 2015.
The project will involve the upgrade and sealing of the Strzelecki Track and the 26km Adventure Way road link from Innamincka to the Queensland border.
The completed project will comprise of:
- a new two lane road (3.5m lane width) with 1.0m sealed shoulders, constructed mainly on the existing alignment; and
- targeted floodway works along the road and a major bridge structure over the Strzelecki Creek.
Direct benefits of a sealed road include:
- improved transport reliability
- faster travel times
- less short term delays due to wet weather and flooding
- lower transport operating costs; and
- reduced crash costs.
Progress to date
In February 2014, the South Australian Government submitted a business case to Infrastructure Australia for assessment. On 29 September 2015, Infrastructure Australia announced that the Strzelecki Track upgrade and sealing project achieved an "early stage" rating on their Infrastructure Priority List. On 17 February 2016 the Australian 15 Year Infrastructure Plan and Infrastructure Priority List was released. The Strzelecki Track sealing and mobile coverage project was identified as a Priority Initiative by Infrastructure Australia. The South Australian Government has earmarked the Sealing of the Strzelecki Track for analysis by Infrastructure SA.
Funding and financing the project
The project has a high potential for significant private sector involvement in both capital and operating expenditures. It is expected that the oil and gas industry and associated sectors in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, and other users, will derive substantial benefits from a sealed road.
Strzelecki Track Map
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