Upgrades begin on outback South Australia roads


Resurfacing works start on sections of Oodnadatta Track and Kempe Road

Upgrades begin on outback South Australia roads
The upgrades are expected to be completed in August 2018.

 

Road improvement works have started on 30 kilometres of the Oodnadatta Track and 25 kilometres of Kempe Road in regional South Australia.

The $3 million project is being funded under the federal government's Roads to Recovery program.

Federal infrastructure and transport Barnaby Joyce says the upgrades will boost driver safety and create fresh economic and social benefits for all road users.

"As well as being a heritage tourist corridor, the Oodnadatta Track is a vital freight and cattle transport route that makes a significant contribution to the national economy," Joyce says.

"The Turnbull-Joyce Government is fully funding this project, and hundreds of others across the nation under our $4.4 billion Roads to Recovery Program."

Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey says roads are economic lifelines for towns like Oodnadatta and their surrounding regions.

"These works will involve resurfacing the road surface and upgrading drainage, which will reduce the frequency of road closures and improve safety for drivers," Ramsey says.

"I'm really pleased to see this $3 million investment in some of our remote roads.

"The works will also support 10 full-time equivalent jobs during construction."

Works will be carried out on a 30km section of the Track between William Creek and Oodnadatta and a 25km section of Kempe Road between Oodnadatta and Coober Pedy.

There will be speed restrictions in place, with works being carried out between 7am and 6:30pm on weekdays and weekends over 21 day blocks, with seven day breaks until completed.

The upgrades are expected to be completed in August 2018, weather permitting.

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