SA prioritises high priority roads with $268M allocation

The delivery of $268 million in vital maintenance and upgrade works across South Australia’s road infrastructure is expected to create jobs and improve safety.

In the upcoming State Budget 2020-21, $100 million has been allocated for road safety projects, part of which will unlock an additional $168 million from the Morrison Government’s $2 billion for shovel-ready small scale safety projects announced in the recent Federal Budget.

Projects as part of our $100 million allocation include maintenance works on metropolitan roads such as Port Road, Fullarton Road, Marion Road, Greenhill Road and Anzac Highway.

Premier Steven Marshall said creating jobs and backing local business was vital as South Australia continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

“South Australia is facing its most challenging economic period in living memory and investing in projects that will get people into jobs sooner will keep our economy firing during this extremely difficult time,” said Marshall.

“This is another part of our plan to keep South Australia safe and strong, by creating jobs, backing business and building what matters,” he said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the Marshall Government was committed to building what matters for South Australians – and some of these projects will start within weeks.

“We have a series of high priority roads we want to start work on as soon as possible to bust congestion and deliver safety benefits for South Australian motorists,” said Wingard.

“The Marshall Government is focused on getting people from A to B faster so they can spend less time sitting in traffic and more time with their families doing what they love.

“We inherited a $750 million backlog in maintenance works from the former Labor government and we’re continuing to chip away at that list.

“Some of these works are expected to commence within weeks and while road works can be a hassle it’s important to remember that it means jobs for South Australians.”

Among the metropolitan roads that will be upgraded include:

  • Port Road – Grand Junction Road to East Avenue ($9 million)
  • Fullarton Road – Glen Osmond Road to Carrick Hill/Rundle St to The Parade ($6 million)
  • Marion Road – Richmond Road to Anzac Highway, Henley Beach Road to Sir Donald Bradman Drive ($5.5 million)
  • Anzac Highway – Marion Road to Morphett Road ($3.5 million)

This is in addition to an additional $59.5 million in road safety stimulus funding announced in June, which included:

  • $10 million for Audio Tactile Line Marking along key regional road corridors;
  • $10 million for installation of road-side barrier systems;
  • $10 million for sealing council roads approaching sealed rural arterial roads;
  • $8.5 million to improve road lighting along key regional roads and rural intersections;
  • $6 million for road safety improvements on Long Valley Road, between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn;
  • $5 million for shoulder sealing works along key regional roads;
  • $5 million to install new median wire treatments along the Dukes Highway;
  • $4 million for installation of activated safety signage on the South Eastern Freeway; and
  • $1 million for installation of variable speed limit signs around key safety blackspots Anzac Highway – Marion Road to Morphett Road ($3.5 million)

This funding is proposed to be spent within the next two years.