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Mid North and Yorke Peninsula to benefit from major investment in roads

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

22 June 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

  • about 17 kilometres of the Copper Coast Highway between Kadina and Paskeville
  • about 16 kilometres of Farrell Flat Road between Clare and Farrell Flat, and
  • about six kilometres of the R M Williams Way between Clare and Spalding.

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:

  • $9 million being spent reconstructing 20 kilometres of the Bute to Kulpara Road, and
  • $3.5 million invested in upgrading the Laura to Gladstone Road.

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