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First freight route upgrades announced in $168M SA project

A recently approved $168 million investment in South Australia will kickstart a series of safety upgrades across the state’s regional roads, starting from next month.

Under the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program, the upgrades will include shoulder sealing, curve widening, safety barrier installation, hazard removal and audio tactile line markings on a series of transport routes.

The funding from the Australian Government includes upgrades for two sections of Upper Yorke Road, between Kulpara and Arthurton and from Port Broughton to Bute.

According to the SA Government Upper Yorke Road is a key route for heavy vehicles, particularly during the harvest season.

The proposed changes will improve safety for the many truck drivers and residents who use this road daily.

There will also be improvement works along RM Williams Way between Jamestown and Spalding, as well as the Mallee Highway between Tailem Bend and Geranium.

“This 65-kilometre section of the Mallee Highway is a key transport link between Adelaide, Melbourne and the Murraylands agricultural region,” a SA Government spokesperson said.

Works on Upper Yorke Road and RM Williams Way are expected to begin in May, while works on the Mallee Highway are set to start next month.

All works are expected to be completed in 2025.

Further SA works to begin in 2024 under the Road Safety Program include:

Thiele Highway (Kapunda to Eudunda)
Main South Road (Sellicks Beach to Second Valley)
Lincoln Highway (Whyalla to Cowell, Cowell to Lipson and Lipson to Tumby Bay)

In other news, the North East Link is one step closer to improving travel times and taking trucks off local roads, as segments of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) to dig the twin road tunnels have been lowered into the ground.

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