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South Australian road upgrades improve heavy vehicle access

  • Posted on Monday 11th, September 2017.

Tenders are open to deliver works under a $25 million Australian and South-Australian government-funded upgrade of the Sturt Highway that aims to improve B-double manoeuvrability.

The Australian and South Australian governments are jointly funding the $4.1 million intersection upgrades under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

“These intersection improvements, totalling $4.1 million, will improve turning movements for B-doubles, making life easier for businesses and safer for all road users,” said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan.

According to Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, the upgrades will mean high productivity vehicles such as road trains would be able to use key regional freight routes.

“This is about helping our regional primary producers and other key industries get their products to market safely and efficiently, boosting the South Australian economy,” Pasin said.

The Sturt Highway upgrades include bridge widening, strengthening and barrier installation, in addition to overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing works already contracted.

A second tender involves widening four intersections near Mount Gambier and Penola.

The Sturt Highway works are expected to be completed in December 2018 and the intersection upgrades by mid-2018.

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