Sixteen road safety projects across South Australia are to receive a $52.69 million state and federal funding boost.
The upgrades will be fast-tracked to help reduce trauma and save lives, with a focus on rural and regional infrastructure.
They will include treatments along the Eyre Highway between Ceduna and Head of Bight, upgrades to sections of the Stuart Highway from North of Coober Pedy and works on the Barrier Highway from Burra to Cockburn.
The upgrades will be jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $42.15 million and SA providing $10.54 million.
The safety barriers, surface treatments, audio tactile line marking on edge and centre lines, shoulder sealing, lane widening and pavement treatments are all aimed at reducing crashes, particularly run-off-road crashes.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says the projects will create 200 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, delivering an important boost to South Australia’s economic recovery.
“We are investing in shovel-ready projects that can get underway quickly, saving lives sooner while supporting local construction jobs, businesses and the economy,” Mr Joyce said in a statement on Sunday .
“Better road infrastructure will keep motorists and freight moving safely and efficiently, reducing the number of tragedies on our roads and driving our nation’s productivity.”
Mr Joyce says the funding builds on almost $126 million already flowing to 28 completed or underway SA projects.
Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety Scott Buchholz says the new projects are expected to be delivered later this year.