16 May 2014
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the six-year programme of works focussed on improving road safety for this key part of the National Network.
“The programme involved a range of upgrades, which combine to make the road safer for motorists and those stopped by the side of the road,” said Mr Truss.
“Simple upgrades such as a five metre clear zone and audible ‘rumble-strip’ line markings for the length of the Dukes Highway make for significant road safety improvements on long-distance road trips like Adelaide to Melbourne.
“Works also included the installation of 91 kilometres of wide centrelines to create more space between oncoming traffic, and 86 kilometres of roadside safety barriers at higher risk locations.
“These works are particularly focussed on reducing the likelihood and consequences of fatigue crashes on this 191 kilometre stretch of highway.”
South Australian Minister for Road Safety Tony Piccolo said further works along the South Eastern Freeway and Princes Highway have also been completed under the project.
“Works on the Princes Highway included shoulder widening and the installation of audible lane markings between Murray Bridge and Mt Barker. Between Verdun and Glen Osmond, the upgrade has installed an advanced traffic management system, which utilises variable speed limits to adapt traffic speeds to the conditions,” Mr Piccolo said.
“We have also completed safety upgrades along the South Eastern Freeway, including the installation of more than five kilometres of roadside safety barriers.
“All up, the project has upgraded or built 21 rest areas along both the Dukes Highway and South Eastern Freeway, which encourages drivers to take regular breaks and stay alert. Even with these significant improvements, it is still up to each of us to be responsible and considerate road users.”
The $100 million programme has been jointly funded, with $80 million from the Australian Government and 20 million from the South Australian Government.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.