22 Jun 2015
Three roads in the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula will benefit from an extra $110 million for road maintenance and road safety in the 2015-2016 State Budget.
The Copper Coast Highway, Farrell Flat Road and the R M Williams Way were among the first projects on which work would begin in the region.
A substantial portion of each of these roads will benefit from rehabilitation and resealing, as well as shoulder sealing and installation of audio tactile line marking.
Run-off road crashes and head-on crashes account for 72 per cent of all fatal and serious injury crashes in rural areas but shoulder sealing can prevent drivers from losing control of their vehicles when they stray from the road.
Audio tactile line marking is another important safety measure. It alerts motorists when they veer out of their lane by creating noise and vibrations.
The works will involve
The extra $70 million for road maintenance and the $40 million for shoulder sealing and audio tactile line marking was on top of more than $400 million already budgeted for road maintenance and safety projects over the forward estimates.
Targeted upgrades to major freight and traffic routes in the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula region will support the transfer of grain and mining products, as well as tourism.
This funding is part of a $165 million road infrastructure stimulus package in this year’s State Budget to boost productivity, improve safety on regional and suburban roads, and support more than 400 construction jobs.
The Mid North and Yorke Peninsula projects will complement other works underway or recently completed in the region including:
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.