Roads across the Frome electorate are set to be upgraded as part of Independent Member Geoff Brock’s agreement with Premier Jay Weatherill. Some works are planned to begin in late May 2017, and anticipated to be completed by the end of July, weather permitting.
Mr Brock said too many people die on country roads every year and while all road users are responsible for their own safety, projects such as these are also vital.
“I urge all drivers utilising these roads to take care during this construction period and I look forward to the completion of these projects.” he said.
Alford to Port Broughton
Shoulder sealing of 24-kilometres of the Spencer Highway between Alford and Port Broughton.
Port Broughton Road junction / Spencer Highway
Widening of the Spencer Highway at the junction with Port Broughton Road to allow vehicles travelling north to safely pass stationery vehicles to turn right.
Balaklava Road between Port Wakefield and Auburn
Shoulder sealing to approximately 10kms on the Balaklava Road between Port Wakefield and Auburn.
Snowtown – Bute Road
Works will also take place at the Snowtown and Bute intersection, although a date for the upgrade has not been set. The project forms part of the broader Upper Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade Program. The program aims to improve safety and efficiency for heavy vehicles, motorists and agricultural vehicles driving on roads in the Upper Yorke Peninsula.
Mr Brock said he had been continually lobbying the government for essential improvement to the intersection of the Bute – Snowtown Road for a slow vehicle turnout on Augusta Highway over the past few years.
“I am extremely pleased to see funds forthcoming to commence construction on these much needed road works, which will make a significant difference to our farmers who frequently utilise this intersection during harvest time with heavy vehicles” he said.
Coonamia level crossing
The Coonamia level crossing on Spencer Highway will have boom gates installed under the safer level crossing program. “This announcement is extremely welcoming as the Coonamia level crossing has long been needing this improvement,” Mr Brock said.