Road safety

SA secures $50 million increase in traffic safety funding

Sixteen road safety projects across South Australia are to receive $52.69 million in state and federal funding.

Upgrades will be accelerated 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, improvements to sections of the Stuart Highway north of Coober Pedy and work on the Barrier Highway from Burra to Cockburn.

The improvements will be jointly funded through the Highway Safety Program, with the federal government contributing $42.15 million and SA providing $10.54 million.

Safety barriers, surface treatments, audio touch line marking on edge and center lines, shoulder sealing, lane widening and pavement treatments are all aimed at reducing accidents, especially road exits.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the projects will create 200 jobs and new opportunities for businesses and suppliers, giving a major boost to South Australia’s economic recovery.

“We invest in shovel-ready projects that can get off the ground quickly, saving lives sooner while supporting local construction jobs, businesses and the economy,” Joyce said in a statement on Sunday.

“Better road infrastructure will allow motorists and goods to move safely and efficiently, reducing the number of tragedies on our roads and boosting our country’s productivity.”

Joyce says the funding builds on nearly $126 million already disbursed to 28 SA projects completed or underway.

Federal Assistant Highway Safety Minister Scott Buchholz said the new projects are expected to be delivered later this year.