South East regional roads will be upgraded as part of a State Government investment of $17 million.
The Riddoch Highway between Padthaway and Naracoorte is one of a number of roads where shoulder sealing will occur, alongside the full length of the Riddoch Highway between Keith and Mount Gambier which will also see audio tactile line marking.
The works planned between Padthaway and Naracoorte will cost approximately $750,000, with the audio tactile works between Keith and Mount Gambier costing $650,000.
A section of Wimmera Highway between Hynam and the SA-Victoria border will also receive shoulder sealing work worth $350,000.
The range of treatments is aimed at increasing safety across South Australia’s regional network, reducing the risk of rear end crashes.
Roads with a high motorcycle crash rate will also continue to be targeted for safety improvements to help reduce motorcycle rider deaths and injuries.
Over four years, the State Government is planning on spending $341 million on regional road safety and management, with dedicated programs such as the Regional Roads Package, Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade, as well as an investment in the Riverland region under the National Highway Upgrade Program.
Road Safety Minister Chris Picton said 2017 saw 101 fatalities on South Australian roads, and the the State Government will remain focused on reducing deaths and injuries on the roads.
“Our investment in infrastructure plays a critical role in achieving these goals. 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,” Mr Picton said.
“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.”