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Flood Recovery

Flood recovery response

Intense rain events and subsequent flash flooding in early 2022 across the Eyre Peninsula and the north of the state caused extensive damage to large sections of the state’s sealed and unsealed road network.

This resulted in extensive road closures due to the widespread extent of the damage caused.

Many roads have now reopened, thanks to the hard work of the department and its contractors, and repairs are progressing as quickly as possible with priority being given to key routes and higher traffic roads.

Recovery

Improved conditions and receding flood waters have enabled the department’s maintenance crews and civil contractors to conduct necessary assessments and urgent repairs.

Careful priority is being given to damaged roads that support the transport of essential supplies, commodities and services to the community and industry:

  • national freight routes
  • rural arterial routes
  • rural connectors
  • access roads from industry sites.

The department and its contractors are working to incorporate increased strength and resilience in repairs to the road network for future flooding events, with major reconstruction works in the coming months at:

  • Olympic Dam Highway
  • the Outback Highway
  • Eyre Highway (approximately 20 km west of Kimba)
  • Stuart Highway (Lake Windabout, Woocalla Creek and Glendambo).

Where possible, our teams have been supporting local suppliers and businesses—helping to strengthen community recovery at this difficult time.

The recovery work may be occasionally impacted by further rain events. This will be reflected in the works program.

Industry and homestead owners can engage with the department about recovery works by contacting our Community Engagement team at dit.communityrelations@sa.gov.au.

Recovery works program underway

Road repairs for flood recovery in 2022

The department and its contractors have worked together under difficult conditions to reopen the National Highway Network and key outback roads, restoring the vital movement of essential supplies across the nation.

Emergency and immediate repair works continue to be undertaken along the Eyre Highway, Stuart Highway, Birdseye Highway, Strzelecki Track and Oodnadatta Track, as well as other outback roads.

The works program in the map and list below outline the nature, location and indicative timing of these recovery works. The works program includes:

  • Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) sealed and unsealed roads
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) dog fence
  • Department for Environment and Water (DEW) national park tracks.

Please note:

  • For information on local government roads, please contact the local council.
  • Indicative works timing may be subject to change and/or impact from adverse weather conditions.

We thank all road users for their patience and understanding while these important works are completed across the state.

Tips for using the map

  • To see detailed information for each road on the map, click the road section.
  • To see the map in satellite view, click the basemap icon under the zoom controls (top-left corner of the map), and select your preferred basemap.
  • See an enlarged version of the map or use the zoom controls to adjust your views for greater detail.

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Indicative works start

March–June 2022

July–September 2022

October–December 2022

2023

Assessed, scoping underway

Completed

Current road warnings and notification maps

More information on outback road conditions separate to the above recovery works program are available at:

Keeping road users and workers safe

Road users are reminded to plan their journey, continue to drive to the conditions and always obey speed restrictions and other work zone signs.

Always be mindful to take care around road workers and other road users.

Traffic management staff and contractors continue to monitor restrictions, with SA Police conducting routine patrols.

Learn more about roadworks and speed restrictions.

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