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Granite Island Causeway

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Published February 20th 2021
Enjoying its current form before construction gets under way
The causeway up close and personal
Existing causeway up close and personal


As iconic as it is structurally unviable, the existing Granite Island causeway will soon be decommissioned after the construction of a new causeway adjacent to it. Major works are expected to commence in March 2021 with the hope that this new link between Granite Island and the mainland at Victor Harbor would operate by the end of the year, in time for Christmas.

granite island causeway
Poor condition of existing causeway


A significant percentage of the timber piles, bracing, crossheads and balustrade posts of the existing causeway have been assessed as being of poor condition. Their advanced deterioration now poses major safety issues. Much of the original structure had already been replaced over the years and further restoration would be unfavourable as current technical standards are hard to meet.

existing causeway
New causeway to be ten metres east of current alignment


Hence, a new causeway has been proposed. It will be constructed ten metres to the east of the current alignment with its height, appearance and simplicity remaining as similar as possible. It will provide improved pedestrian amenity and allow the historic horse-drawn tram operations to continue. A progressive system will be used to install a total of 82 steel piles and 82 precast concrete decks beginning from the mainland and moving towards the island. A fox gate will also be installed to protect the declining penguin colony.

granite island causeway
Proposed new causeway (https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/)


So, this is your final chance to enjoy the iconic Granite Island causeway in its current form before construction gets well underway. And, of course, don't forget to take lots of photos too!
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Why? Enjoying its current form before construction gets under way
When: Sooner rather than later
Where: Victor Harbor, SA
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I now regret Audrey that I didn't take the causeway trip when last passed through Victor Harbor. I assume the current causeway will eventually just fall into the sea.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1653) 5 days ago
Congrats on your mammoth milestone, Audrey - well done!
by Elaine (score: 3|7890) 5 days ago
That boat mooring areais going to ruin the aesthetics of the area.
by makka (score: 1|51) 3 days ago
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