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Almost $4m for safety improvements on Copper Coast Highway

22 January 2016

The State Government has begun an almost $4 million safety upgrade to the Copper Coast Highway between Kadina and Paskeville.

The works will improve safety and ride quality on the 17-kilometre stretch of the Copper Coast Highway.

The works involve shoulder widening and resealing 11 kilometres southeast of Kadina, while pavement reconstruction and resealing is scheduled for the remaining six kilometres

Audio tactile edge lines will be installed on the entire 17-kilometre section to create noise and vibration when a vehicle strays from the road and together with shoulder sealing, it will reduce the risk of run-off road crashes.

Works began late last year and will be put on hold this weekend, with the Port Wakefield traffic diversion to be in place again on Australia Day.

After the successful trial last October, the diversion will be used again to help reduce anticipated bottlenecks around Port Wakefield.

The diversion allows vehicles returning to Adelaide from the Yorke Peninsula to take a detour through Lochiel, Balaklava, Mallala and Two Wells.

The Government is also working on a long-term solution with more news to follow.

The current $3.98 million Highway project is one of more than 185 upgrades funded in the $110 million State Budget roads stimulus package, creating more than 300 jobs over the forward estimates.

$71.5 million of this $110 million will be spent in regional areas such as the Yorke Peninsula on projects such as this one.

Together with ongoing funding, the State Government is spending more than $532 million on road safety and maintenance over the forward estimates with $341 million going to the regions.

Shoulder widening and pavement construction on the Copper Coast Highway should be completed by May, weather permitting, with final resealing works later this year.