The Morrison and Marshall Governments have released a $16.5 million package of works to improve regional road safety, including works to enable the safe reinstatement of the 110km/h speed limit on the first three country roads.
This regional road safety package for the Limestone Coast will include works to enable the safe reinstatement of the 110km/h speed limit on sections of Riddoch Highway, Carpenter Rocks Road and Clay Wells Road.
The works also include roundabout upgrades, shoulder sealing, roadside hazard protection and delineation improvements.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is delivering on another election commitment by investing in country roads to enable to safe reinstatement of the 110km/h speed limits on parts of the Riddoch Highway, Carpenter Rocks and Clay Wells roads,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“This is part of the Marshall Governments record $1.1 billion regional road and infrastructure package we announced in last year’s State Budget to improve country roads and help save lives.
“After 16 years of neglect under Labor, the Liberal Government is building South Australia’s regions to make our country roads safer.”
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said he was pleased to see the delivery of the Rural Roads Package gaining speed.
“This bumper package of works will target critical areas of the regional and rural South Australian road transport network, improving pavements, installing new overtaking lanes and upgrading key intersections,” said Mr Pasin.
“Combined, these works will enhance liveability and connectivity between people and places, business and markets. They will also improve travel times, which is a great result for the community.”
Member for MacKillop Nick McBride said the people of the South East would be delighted that the Marshall Liberal Government was delivering on another election commitment for the region.
“The local South East community has been crying out for more investment in our country roads for years and were largely ignored by the former Labor Government,” said Mr McBride.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Marshall Government that is delivering on its election commitment and putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to investing in regional roads.”
The regional road safety package of works will include:
The upgrade of two roundabouts funded from the Australian Government’s $259.8 million Rural Roads Package and the South Australian Government’s $70 million Regional Road Projects Productivity Improvements program, including:
- A major upgrade of the Riddoch Highway/ Lucindale Road/ Wimmera Highway roundabout in Naracoorte, to include the construction of a new roundabout, new stormwater drains, road lighting and line marking. This will improve access for heavy vehicles to both the Wimmera Highway and Lucindale Roads and improve safety for all road users.
- A minor upgrade of the existing Smith Street/ McRae Street roundabout in Naracoorte to improve heavy vehicle movements.
- 55 kilometres of shoulder sealing on Clay Wells Road, between Southern Ports Highway and Callendale Road, including seven bridge barrier replacements.
- On Riddoch Highway, between Mount Gambier and Port MacDonnell, works will include the installation of an 800 millimetre-wide centreline median between Kilsby Road and Allendale, audio tactile line marking, minor shoulder seal widening and road side hazard protection.
- The works on the Carpenter Rocks Road, Riddoch Highway and Clay Wells Road will also include new line marking, replacement of guide posts, the installation of audio tactile line marking and improved delineation.
The following works will also be delivered:
- 4 kilometres of shoulder sealing on Frances Road, just south of Bordertown funded by the National Black Spot Program.
- 16 kilometres of shoulder sealing on Carpenter Rocks Road, between Burrungule Road junction and Mount Gambier, with four kilometres of this work funded by the National Blackspot Program.