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Rural and regional road upgrades ramp up

Shovels are hitting the ground on more than 400 kilometres worth of road safety upgrades across regional South Australia this month, as works ramp up on the Australian and South Australian Governments’ COVID stimulus and road safety projects.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said 15 separate projects collectively worth more than $100 million are getting underway across regional South Australia throughout April 2021.

“These projects span the vast majority of the state, with works kicking off on the Eyre and Yorke peninsulas, the state’s Far North, Mid North, Limestone Coast and Kangaroo Island,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The majority of these projects have been fast-tracked thanks to the recently announced $104.6 million first tranche of the Road Safety Program for South Australia, which is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments on an 80:20 basis.

“It’s great to see South Australia already making the most of its allocated funding by forging ahead with these important road safety improvements.”

South Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the projects involved a range of upgrades and were targeted at high-priority locations.

“The Road Safety Program funding is being tipped into shovel-ready projects to get the best bang for buck,” Minister Wingard said.

“For example, it’s assisting with new road widening and shoulder sealing works on the Barrier Highway, on the southern approach to Mount Bryan and northern approach to Hallett, as well as asphalt rehabilitation works that have been under way between the two townships since March 2021.

“We also have a wide array of works kicking off across the Yorke Peninsula in April, including on the Copper Coast Highway, Spencer Highway, Yorke Highway, Minlaton Road, Maitland Road and Upper Yorke Road.”