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Roads and Bridges of South Australia and the Northern Territory

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Roads and Bridges of South Australia and the Northern Territory

1837
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SA
Colonel William Light, South Australia's first Surveyor-General, surveyed Adelaide using a rectangular road grid, with a minimum road width of 20 metres. The same year, South Australia's first recorded road bridge was built over the River Torrens by J. B. Hack.
1839-1840
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SA
The Adelaide - Port Adelaide Road, South Australia, was built, followed by a road across the Mount Lofty Ranges.
1934
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NATIONAL
The Conference of State Road Authorities was established. In 1959, it became the National Association of Australian State Road Authorities.

1940
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SA
Birkenhead Bridge, Port Adelaide, was opened.
1942
February
NT
The Allied Works Council was established as the need to expand road systems during World War 2 increased, particularly in northern Australia.
1960
January
SA
South Australia's first pre-stressed bridge, the Distillery Bridge over an anabranch of the Murray at Renmark, was opened.
1962
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NT
1962 was also the year work began on the construction of gravelled roads in the NT as part of the beef-roads' scheme.
1966
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NT
Upgrading of gravel roads to Ayers Rock and the MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, began.
1969
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SA
Jervois Bridge was opened in 1969.
1972
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SA
Port Augusta Bridge, Spencer Gulf, South Australia, was opened.
1972
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SA

Work began on the upgrading of the South Stuart Highway from Alice Springs to the South Australian border. The Stuart and Barkly Highways had been upgraded in 1971.

1973
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SA
The Kingston Bridge, over the Murray River, South Australia, was opened.
1976
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NT
Three bridges along the Stuart Highway, NT, were built in this year-over the Edith, Fergusson and Katherine Rivers.
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