A $415 million infrastructure package has been committed to help bust congestion and improve safety on South Australia regional roads as well as help drive jobs and strengthen the local economy.
This significant investment include fast-tracking of over $328 million in federal funding for six projects.
“By bringing forward these important road projects we will drive jobs, boost the economy and make roads safer, while reducing travel times so people can be with their families instead of being stuck in traffic.
“In South Australia we will provide additional funding for the Darlington Upgrade and Flinders Link project as part of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor, while bringing forward funding for the Eyre Highway and Eyre Peninsula and Horrocks Highway corridors, Victor Harbor Road duplication and a major rural roads upgrade,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
According to South Australia Premier Steven Marshall, the investment builds on the $11.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects that will be delivered over four years.
“By working collaboratively with the Morrison Government we have been able to fast track a number of regional road projects to help build regional communities, improve road safety and help save lives on our country roads,” Premier Marshall said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said that the Australian Government is focusing on delivering jobs and strengthening the economy.
“The Government’s record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline in delivering projects people want and need, while providing job opportunities and economic growth for communities across Australia.
“These projects will enhance liveability and connectivity, improve travel times and importantly, enhance safety for all South Australians,” Mr McCormack said.
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new package follows the significant investment from the recent Budget for the delivery of South Australian infrastructure.
“Today’s announcement not only brings funding forward for projects that can be delivered sooner, there is $78 million in additional funding for existing projects to take them through to completion,” Mr Tudge said.
The recent funding boost will include:
- $100 million for the $143 million SA Rural Roads Safety Package
- $86.75 million for the $125 million Port Augusta to Perth corridor
- $75 million for the $92 million Victor Harbor Road Duplication
- $50 million for the $55 million Horrocks Highway corridor
On the other hand, additional funding will cover:
- $87.5 million for the Darlington Upgrade
- $16 million for Flinders Link
“Since coming to government, in conjunction with the Morrison Government, we are delivering key regional road projects including the Port Wakefield Bypass, Joy Baluch Bridge duplication, Victor Harbor Road duplication, fixing the Horrocks Highway and investing hundreds of millions of dollars on road safety treatments right across South Australia,” Minister for Transport, Planning and Local Government Stephan Knoll said.
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