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Cadell load limit to be lifted after launch of steel-hull ferry

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

15 September 2017

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) advises that the ferry load restriction at Cadell will be lifted with the launch of a steel-hull ferry from Wednesday 20 September 2017.

The 25 metre steel hull ferry will replace an 18 metre timber-hull ferry currently operating under a 16 tonne per vehicle load limit.

The introduction of the steel-hull ferry and removal of the load restriction is great news for Cadell and the wider Riverland community.

In order to replace the vessel, the Cadell Ferry will be closed from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesday 20 September 2017. The Department will also use this time to replace the upstream and downstream cables.

During the changeover alternate crossing will be the Waikerie Ferry (upstream) and the Morgan Ferry (downstream).

The State Government has invested $12.8 million to complete the renewal of the River Murray ferry fleet by 2018.

There are 12 River Murray ferry crossings at 11 locations in South Australia and once the Cadell Ferry is launched, Mannum (upstream) will be the last remaining timber-hull ferry with load restrictions.

The load restriction for Mannum (upstream) is scheduled to be removed by the end of the year, a milestone which is sure to be well received by the community.

Ferries form a vital part of our road traffic network along the River Murray, providing a means for freight, commuters, tourists and all road users to cross the river safely and conveniently.

DPTI thanks ferry users for their patience while the changeover takes place