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Expert witness to give evidence on crumbling overpass

The crumbling South Road Tram Overpass will be examined by Parliament’s Public Works Committee this morning, following the State Liberals’ successful move to reopen investigations into the troubled project.

The Committee will hear evidence from Dr Kenneth Moxham, former Dean of Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

“Dr Moxham is an eminent engineering academic with a wealth of experience in investigating structural failures,” said Shadow Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure David Pisoni.

“It’s appropriate that the Committee hears from an expert witness at the outset of our reopened investigation into the failed bridge.

“Receiving expert evidence regarding structural failures will aid the thorough investigation into the bridge design, the Department’s handling of the project, and the independent report carried out into the bridge failure.

“Minister Mullighan’s shambolic handling of the overpass failure and road closure has angered motorists, public transport commuters, cyclists, pedestrians, and businesses along South Road.

“It’s appropriate that the Public Works Committee hear from expert witnesses on all aspects of the project, and in the process, hold the Minister and Government accountable.”

The Public Works Committee has powers under the Parliamentary Committees Act to reopen investigations into projects which have previously been before the Committee, for further investigation and monitoring.