All the section priorities for resurfacing as part of the Dukes Highway Safety Upgrade program have now been done following the recent completion of work on a six kilometre stretch between Cannawigara and Bordertown.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said altogether eight kilometres of the Highway had been targeted as part of the current six year program, which commenced in 2008.
“For the more than 3,000 motorists and truck drivers that use the Highway every day, the completion of this package of works means smoother, safer driving conditions,” said Mr Albanese.
“But repairing and resurfacing deteriorating sections of this vital link between Adelaide and Melbourne is only one element of our safety program. In addition, we are installing 86 kilometres of safety barriers and widening 90 kilometres of the Highway, measures which better separate vehicles and help prevent head-on collisions.”
The Dukes Highway Safety Upgrade program is being jointly funded by Federal ($80 million) and South Australian Labor governments ($20 million).
South Australian Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien said both governments are committed to building a better, safer Dukes Highway, and have been employing a range of proven road safety strategies to achieve this goal.
“That’s why we’ve already funded the installation of audible centre line strips along 90 kilometres of the Highway, a measure which according to international research can reduce the number of crashes by as much 14 per cent.
“The strips alert drivers to the fact they are drifting on to the wrong side of the road and possibly into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
“Other elements to our safety program have included the removal of roadside hazards, construction of seven new rest areas, upgrades of ten existing rest areas, and provision of eleven new and extended overtaking lanes.”
The Dukes Highway, and many of the towns along it, was originally established in the 1850s as a route for the transportation of gold from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide.