Thomas Foods International Access Road

Council is progressing with the construction of the road to the new #thomasfoodsinternational (TFI) meat processing plant that will restore jobs to the local area and boost the region's economy.

Drivers are advised that the two-way traffic diversion lanes on Mannum Road changed on Monday 14 September 2020 from the east side of Mannum Road to the west side.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention to speed signs for the duration of the road works.

This is a joint project between the @Rural City of Murray Bridge, @departmentofinfrastructureaus and @DFITSA.

Council is helping to pave the road to success of the Thomas Foods International (TFI) meat processing plant rebuild to restore jobs to the local area and boost the region's economy. See media release here.


On June 19, Council’s Assessment Panel granted Planning Approval for the new TFI meat processing facility.  The proposed state-of-the-art facility is expected to employ about 2,000 people once it is fully operational; processing up to 14,000 sheep and over 1,200 cattle per day.

This project milestone now allows Council to proceed with construction of the new access road into the proposed TFI site from Mannum Road.


The Rural City of Murray Bridge is pleased to announce that Downer EDI Pty Ltd  (Downer, in conjunction with a local Murray Bridge company – Spry Construction – has been appointed to deliver the construction of the new access road.
Building this infrastructure is an important step in supporting the retention of a significant employer and industry for the region.


Site work commenced on Monday, 29 June 2020; with the completion date anticipated for December 2020.
The main components of the road construction include new:

  • Acceleration and deceleration lanes on Mannum Road
  • Channelised intersection with Mannum Road
  • 2.2km Access Road between the Mannum Road and the proposed TFI site
  • Intersection road lighting

Monthly Project Goals

October 2020

Pavement - Mannum Road (East side)16 October 2020
Asphalt - Mannum Road (East side)22 October 2020
Spray seal - Mannum Road (East side)23 October 2020
Linemarking - Mannum Road (East side)30 October 2020
Traffic Island Kerbing - Mannum Road (West side)30 October 2020


Asphalt - Mannum Road (West side)6 November 2020
Spray seal - Mannum Road (West side)13 November 2020
Spray Seal- TFI Link Road13 November 2020
Road lighting- Mannum Road. Stand light columns13 November 2020
Road lighting- TFI Link Road. Stand light columns13 November 2020


July Newsletter link here

July Newsletter 2 link here

August Newsletter link here

August Newsletter 2 link here

September Newsletter link here

September Newsletter 2 link here

October Newsletter link here


The general public are advised that traffic controllers will be on site at all times to ensure the safety of both site personnel and through traffic is effectively maintained.

Preliminary works will involve the stabilisation and sealing of the existing eastern shoulder along Mannum Road.

To facilitate safe and timely progress of construction along Mannum Road, Downer will split the construction work along Mannum Road into two stages.  Specific traffic management plans will be established for both stages and motorists are reminded to adhere to the reduced speed limits throughout the site.

Stage 1 commenced in mid-July with Stage 2 commenced in mid-August. More details regarding construction staging and associated traffic management will be circulated in the coming weeks.