Nov 24, 2011

Safety improvements being delivered along Sturt Highway

Work now underway on installing new roadside barriers at various locations along the Sturt Highway in Waikerie and Renmark is expected to be completed by Christmas.

All up, two kilometres of safety barriers will be installed between Curtis Road and Schultz Road in Waikerie and between Twenty-Fifth Street and Twenty-Eighth Street in Renmark, stretches of highway which in recent years has been scene of four serious road accidents.

The works in Renmark are being funded from our maintenance budget ($92,000) while those in Waikerie were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and are being funded ($240,000) as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s Black Spot Program.

The Black Spot Program has a proven record of saving lives with an evaluation showing that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.

That’s why the Gillard Labor Government has doubled funding for the Program to $500 million over six years, with $40 million having already been committed to fixing over 130 dangerous black spots on local South Australian roads.

To protect the safety of road workers a temporary reduced speed zone will be in place so I urge all motorists to slow down and obey the signs.