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SA regional roads get $168 million boost from Road Safety Program

The road safety works across South Australia aim to provide the state’s freight industry with a safer and more efficient journey

The federal and South Australian governments have invested $168 million to begin a series of road safety treatments across South Australia regional roads from April onwards. 

The investment comes through the federal government’s Road Safety Program, with both governments contributing $84 million each. 

The projects in regional SA aim to improve safety, support regional economic growth and reduce the risk of crashes. 

Upgrades will include shoulder sealing, curve widening, safety barrier installation, hazard removal and audio tactile line marking. 

“Any death on our roads is one too many, and that’s why the federal, state and territory governments are committed to improving road safety and significantly reducing the number of road deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” federal assistant transport and infrastructure minister Carol Brown says. 

“These works will also help us with improving road safety data and program evaluation and we appreciate South Australia’s support on this vital work. 

“We’re working closely with the SA government to help reduce fatal and serious road accidents across the state.” 

The funding includes upgrades to Upper Yorke Road to help improve safety for heavy vehicle drivers and residents in the Yorke Peninsula. 

Improvement works will also take place on RM Williams Way between Jamestown and Spalding and the Mallee Highway between Tailem Bend and Geranium. 

“I’m pleased that the first major projects under this investment have been locked in so the South Australian government can continue to improve our regional road network,” SA regional roads minister Geoff Brock says. 

“Our freight industry will also benefit from safer, more efficient journeys as the state and federal governments work together to improve key transport corridors throughout regional South Australia.” 

Further works on the Lincoln and Thiele Highways and Main South Road are also set to commence in 2024. 

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