South Australian motorists are enjoying smoother and safer roads thanks to nearly $90 million of road resurfacing already completed, or due to commence, this year.
The work will improve almost 65 kilometres of total road length, which equates to around 220 lane kilometres, while also supporting approximately 500 full time equivalent jobs for South Australians.
Resurfacing will commence or be completed on 16 key South Australian roads before the end of 2021, including Port Road, Greenhill Road, Anzac Highway and Salisbury Highway. This is in addition to works already completed.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the resurfacing was part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to deliver a safer and more effective road network.
“We inherited a severely neglected road network from the former Labor government including a maintenance backlog of $750 million,” Minister Wingard said.
“We are committed to maintaining our state’s roads so that all road users can reach their destination as quickly, safely and smoothly as possible.
“These works will not only ensure the long term safety and integrity of several key roads and intersections across the state, but are also supporting hundreds of jobs in our construction industry.”
Minister Wingard said the new road traffic regulations that came into effect in April this year were helping to minimise unnecessary traffic disruptions at roadworks.
“Under these new regulations, contractors may face fines for roadworks offences such as closing lanes or reducing speeds without a permit, or for failing to remove speed signs when required to do so,” Minister Wingard said.
“Companies can be fined up to $1,250 (plus $92 victims of crime levy) and repeat offenders face prosecution and fines up to $20,000 for a first offence and $50,000 for a second offence.
“An educational approach has been taken to these new regulations so far, with 30 warnings and one expiation notice issued.
“However, now that contractors have had the chance to familiarise themselves with these regulations we expect them to do the right thing or face a fine. We want to do everything we can to minimise disruptions for motorists and to keep traffic moving.
“Despite these measures, roadworks will still cause short term inconvenience. However, motorists can look forward to safer roads in their community when the work is completed and I thank them for their patience while these important works are being undertaken.”
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Road resurfacing works currently underway:
- Port Road outbound carriageway (Grand Junction Road to East Avenue)
- Marion Road (Henley Beach Road to Richmond Road and Mooringe Avenue to Anzac Highway)
- Greenhill Road (Glynburn Road to Glen Osmond Road)
- Golden Grove Road (North East Road to Park Lake Drive)
- Salisbury Highway (Elder Smith Road to Port River Expressway)
- Richmond Road (Marion Road to Grove Avenue)
- South Eastern Freeway pavement rehabilitation
Road resurfacing works set to start before the end of 2021:
- Anzac Highway outbound carriageway (Marion Road to Morphett Road)
- South Eastern Freeway, Portrush Road and Cross Road intersection
- Cross Road (Fullarton Road to South Eastern Freeway)
- Shepherds Hill Road (Northcote Road to Main Road)
- Stephen Terrace (North East Road to Payneham Road)
- Crittenden Road (Grange Road to Amanda Avenue)
- Glynburn Road (Magill Road to Payneham Road)
*Montague Road (Nelson Road to Berryman Drive)
*Payneham Road/Lower North East Road (Laver Terrace to James Street)
Road resurfacing works already complete:
- Henley Beach Road (Rodgers Avenue to Lisa Court)
- Fullarton Road (Glen Osmond Road to Carrick Hill Drive and Rundle Street to north of the Britannia Roundabout)
- Darley Road (Gorge Road to Longview Road)
- Kensington Road (Portrush Road to Britannia Roundabout)
- McIntyre Road (North East Road to The Golden Way)
- Gorge Road (Lower North East Road to Darley Road)