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Budget stimulus delivers more than 150km of additional road works
20 November 2015
Works have started or will soon begin on more than 150 kilometres of South Australian roads under the State Government’s $165 million Budget stimulus package.
The Transport and Infrastructure Minister said regional areas would benefit most from the works, which will boost productivity and improve safety, while supporting hundreds of jobs.
The 2015/16 State Budget stimulus package includes:
- An additional $70 million to improve critical road infrastructure
- An additional $40 million to improve the safety of roads
- $55 million for a new 2.8 kilometre road in Gawler East
“The additional funding for critical road maintenance and road safety works will create more than 300 jobs by delivering more than 185 projects across the State,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Together with the Gawler East Link project more than 400 jobs are being supported over the four years of the stimulus package.
“This funding is on top of the State Government’s annual spend on road maintenance and safety projects.
” Projects already completed include rehabilitation and resurfacing works at:
- Happy Valley Drive – almost 1km from Manning Road to Windebanks Road.
- Port Wakefield Road – almost 1.5km near Balaklava
Shoulder sealing along about 7 kilometres of the Balaklava Road between Balaklava and Bowman has also been completed and works are underway to rehabilitate almost 2 kilometres of the Waterloo Corner Road between Whites Road and Lawrie Street.
About 17 kilometres of the Copper Coast Highway between Paskeville and Kadina will also undergo road safety and maintenance works.
Road rehabilitation and resurfacing projects set to commence before the end of the year include:
- RM Williams Way – about 6km between Spalding and Hutt River
- Daws Road – about 800m from Winston Avenue to Goodwood Road
- Marion Road – about 1.3km from Thirza Avenue to Alawoona Avenue
- Regency Road – about 1.6km between Hampstead Road to Main North Road
- Main South Road – about 1.2km between Myponga and Yankalilla
- Meadows to Willunga – about 5km between Meadows and Phillips Road
- Barossa Valley Way – about 2km within Tanunda Township
- Prospect Road – about 700m between Marmion Street to Lional Avenue
- Diagonal Road – about 600m between Oaklands Road to Harding Street
- Berri to Loxton Road – about 1km between Lock to Mildura
- Loxton to Pinnaroo – about 800m within the Loxton Township
Road safety improvements set to commence before the end of the year include:
- Farrell Flat Road – about 16km between Clare and Farrell Flat
- Tod Highway – $1.5 million reshaping curves along about 16km between Lock and Tooligie
- RM Williams Way – about 6km between Spalding and Clare
- Two Wells Roads – about 3km near Gawler
“Roads are the arteries of our economy, which is why we are embarking on a targeted approach to rehabilitate key roads to maximise economic and safety benefits for communities across the State,”
Mr Mullighan said. “This funding is in addition to joint State and Commonwealth $2.5 billion investment to build Torrens Road to River Torrens upgrade, Darlington Interchange and Northern Connector.
Mr Mullighan said over the next four years the road stimulus package would provide for more than 185 road upgrades and road safety improvements throughout the State.
“The road safety improvements will involve shoulder sealing and audio tactile line-marking on high-speed roads to save lives,” he said.
“Sealing the shoulders of the high-speed roads can make a huge difference in preventing a driver from losing control of their vehicle when it strays off the road.
“Audio tactile line marking is another effective safety measure which creates noise and vibrations when a motorist veers out of a lane, often because of fatigue or poor visibility.”
Planning and design work for the new $55 million, 2.8 kilometre Gawler East Link Road is also underway with construction due to start next financial year.
“This project will not only provide economic and social benefits for the residents, it will also support 110 construction industry jobs in northern Adelaide,” Mr Mullighan said.