The South Australia State Government’s rural road safety infrastructure program will receive a funding injection of $17 million to increase safety across the regional road network.
Intersection upgrades will seek to reduce the risk of turning and rear end crashes at Barrier Highway at Copperhouse Road and Springbank Road at Burra, and Goolwa Road and Winery Road at Currency Creek.
Shoulder sealing will be undertaken on the Riddoch Highway between Padthaway and Naracoorte, which will complete shoulder sealing for the full length of the Riddoch Highway between Keith and Mount Gambier.
Audio tactile line marking will also be applied along the full length of the Riddoch Highway between Keith and Mount Gambier, which is aimed at reducing the risk of head-on collisions.
“In 2017 we saw 101 fatalities on South Australian roads. The State Government remains focused on reducing deaths and injuries on our roads, and our investment in infrastructure plays a critical role in achieving these goals,” said Road Safety Minister Chris Picton.
“We are committed to improving road infrastructure right across the State and this $17 million investment in rural roads will go a long way towards increasing safety, particularly at black spot locations.”
Roads with a high motorcycle crash rate will also continue to be targeted for safety improvements to help reduce motorcycle rider deaths and injuries.
Serious casualty crashes in the rural area are mostly single vehicle type crashes on high speed roads and through constant analysis of road crash statistics we are able to identify the priority locations for upgrade works.
The State Government is spending $341 million over four years on regional road safety and maintenance, with dedicated programs such as the Regional Roads Package, Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade and investment in the Riverland region under the National Highway Upgrade Program.