Jul 28, 2009

Sturt Highway duplication officially opened to traffic

Sturt Highway duplication officially opened to traffic

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 28 2009

Today I officially open the newly duplicated section of the Sturt Highway between Gawler and Daveyston – a project completed four months ahead of schedule and under budget.

The project was the third and final stage of the Federal Government’s $159 million investment in the Highway between Adelaide and Riverland – a major freight and tourist route.

I congratulate the South Australian Government for moving so quickly and effectively to put Federal dollars to work improving safety, creating jobs and building a modern road network.

Over 400 people from 70 organisations were involved in upgrading the Highway.

Budget savings are already being used to deliver further improvements along the Sturt Highway, including the duplication of a 3.5 kilometres section between Seppeltsfield Road and Greenock Road.

To further improve safety along and beyond the Sturt Highway a new rest area was built near Lauke’s Mill as part of the duplication work, providing motorists and truck drivers with an additional safe place to take a break or catch up on sleep.

The facility can cater for up to 12 B-double trucks and is the last designated rest area before Adelaide’s outer suburbs.

Fatigue is a significant issue for all road users, particularly long haul drivers who spend hours behind the wheel travelling the nation’s highways. In fact, estimates indicate that fatigue is the main contributing factor in around 25 per cent of serious road accidents.

The new rest area acknowledges the traditions and culture of the local indigenous community, featuring a pathway that meanders along a large snake form rock art installation as well as a series of interpretative display panels describing the Ngadjuri way of life.

The upgrade of the Sturt Highway is part of the $2.5 billion investment the Rudd Labor Government is making into South Australia’s road and rail networks under its Nation Building Program.