22 Jun 2015
A large section of the Tod Highway will benefit from an extra $40 million investment in road safety measures in this year’s State Budget.
The SA Government said one of the first projects would involve shoulder sealing and audio tactile line marking on the Tod Highway.
The works will cover about 36 kilometres of the Tod Highway between Lock and Tooligie.
Run-off road crashes and head-on crashes account for 72 per cent of all fatal and serious injury crashes in rural areas. 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 vibration.
The project will improve the safety of the road network at a time when increases in freight movements and tourist traffic are putting pressure on existing routes.
The Tod Highway project added to the resealing works completed in the 2014-2015 financial year to the western access road to Port Lincoln.
Road improvements on the Eyre Peninsula, including the Tod Highway, support the mining and grain industries, as well as tourism.
The extra $40 million dollars that State Government is spending on road safety initiatives over the forward estimates is over and above the $74 million already budgeted for the next four years for works on the arterial road network.
The 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 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.