19 Nov 2014
A major safety upgrade on the Augusta Highway between Crystal Brook and Port Wakefield has started.
The works will see the rebuilding of road shoulders, installation of approximately eight kilometres of new safety barriers and the extension of stormwater culverts.
In February, the State Government via the Motor Accident Commission Road Safety Fund committed $20 million to upgrade three strategic routes on South Australian roads, including the Augusta Highway.
Between 2009 and 2013 there were 34 crashes on this 94 kilometre stretch of the Augusta Highway. Those crashes resulted in five fatalities, 12 serious injuries and 32 minor injuries.
The Augusta Highway connects key regional cities like Port Pirie and Port Augusta and the improvements will see the journey made safer for all road users.
Road users are reminded to follow the direction of traffic management staff. Road signage, lane and speed restrictions will be place during the works.
If weather permits, the works are expected to be complete by April 2015.
Community and road user enquiries should be directed via email to email@example.com or by calling 8648 5211.
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