A new road shoulder sealing project between Annadale and east of Waikerie is underway, with the $3.86 million project set to improve safety and reduce the risk of run-off-road crashes along the Sturt Highway.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was part of the Government’s $13.75 million Regional Roads Package that is helping save lives on South Australian roads.
“The Regional Roads Package aims to increase the safety, productivity and efficiency of various regional roads around South Australia, and this is the first concrete benefit of this crucial investment for regional drivers and freight operators,” Mr Chester said.
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said South Australian civil engineering company, McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd was undertaking the works.
“The tender was conducted in line with the South Australian Government’s Industry Participation Policy, which helps to maximise the involvement of South Australian businesses in government projects,” Mr Mullighan said.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said shoulder sealing on the Sturt Highway would complement works being undertaken under the National Highway Upgrade Program aimed at enabling the future introduction of more efficient higher mass limits vehicles such as B triples.
“Shoulder sealing is expected to reduce run-off-road accidents by around 40 per cent, highlighting the importance of these sealing works in delivering a safer Sturt Highway for road users.
The sealing works are expected to be completed by mid-2018. The Australian Government is contributing up to $3.09 million to the project, with the South Australian Government funding the remaining $770,000.
Source: Australian Government