$680m worth of road improvement projects to support 2500 SA jobs

Monica Gameng   |   May 18, 2021
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From January of this year, more than $680 million worth of road projects are being delivered across South Australia to help improve local roads as well as support thousands of South Australian jobs. 

The projects that have commenced work are jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments and will be improving over 1,500 kilometres of road as well as support approximately 2,500 jobs. 

The program of works involve road resurfacing, road maintenance and works on major projects, including the Springbank, Goodwood and Daws roads intersection upgrade, Portrush and Magill roads intersection upgrade and the first major resurfacing of the South Eastern Freeway in 20 years. 

“There has been a significant amount of works started this year as we've got on with this job of improving South Australian roads, while also supporting thousands of jobs. 

“This has included a variety of works ranging from maintenance and road surfacing through to major projects like the $61 million upgrade to the intersection of Springbank, Goodwood and Daws roads,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said. 

Minister McCormack added that projects have also started works over the past five months across several regional and metropolitan sites, ensuring South Australian motorists can benefit from the significant investment on road improvements. 

“Resurfacing and shoulder sealing projects are underway across South Australia, including works on the Stuart Highway, Barrier Highway and Princes Highway – just to name a few. 

“In addition to works underway, the Australian Government has committed funding in last week's Federal Budget towards the North-South Corridor, Strzelecki Track and upgrades to the Heysen Tunnels,” Minister McCormack said. 

The State is currently undergoing an infrastructure boom to help boost road quality and safety on rural and metropolitan areas. 

“These upgrades are all about ensuring that South Australians can get home sooner and safer. 

“These significant investments in our state's roads are supercharging South Australia's economic recovery and continuing to support thousands of local jobs,” Senator for South Australia and Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said. 

Premier Steven Marshall said that the road works have brought a positive flow-on effect to the greater South Australian economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“These projects not only improve our road network and ensure road users can get where they are going safer and quicker, but they also provide employment for South Australians. 

“While the work undertaken so far this year is impressive there is still much to come, with many more projects to have shovels in the ground this year. 

“The Morrison and Marshall governments are working together to build what matters throughout the state,” the Premier said. 

The projects that commenced works this year include: 

  • Major works 
    • Goodwood, Springbank and Daws Roads Intersection Upgrade 
    • Magill, Portrush Roads Intersection Upgrade 
    • Main North Road and Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade 
    • Main North Road, Kings Road and McIntyre Road Intersection Upgrade 
  • Early works 
    • Grand Junction, Hampstead and Briens Road Intersection Upgrade 
    • Resurfacing on South Eastern Freeway and Stuart Highway 
    • Shoulder sealing on Eyre Highway, Barrier Highway, Princes Highway and Horrocks Highway 

“On top of the major projects being undertaken this year, we are getting in with maintaining the road network. 

“Work this year has included spending more than $30 million to fix potholes, maintain bridges the road network,” South Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard. 

According to Member for Sturt James Stevens, the Australian Government is committed to delivering projects that will improve road safety for all South Australians. 

“The Australian Government's $110 billion nationwide infrastructure pipeline is delivering vital road upgrades right across South Australia to ensure a safer journey for all whilst laying the economic foundations for recovery from the pandemic,” Mr Stevens said. 

Source: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional DevelopmentPremier of South Australia – Media Releases 

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