Federal Grey MP Rowan Ramsey is happy that work on widening the Rocky River Bridge at Merriton will finally begin this month.
“The widening of the bridge is long overdue,” he said.
“I cross it regularly and have been surprised there have not been more crashes there. When two trucks or even a truck and a caravan share the bridge there is just so little room for error.
“I secured the funding of $7.1 million for the bridge and passing lanes both south of Port Augusta and on the road to Whyalla in mid-2015.
“It took several years for the state Labor government to come on board with 20 percent of the total funding and finally start the work so it is especially pleasing to see the project finally go ahead.”
He said the project showed both the state and federal governments’ commitment to improving the National Highway in the north and west.
“The bridge, the passing lanes, the truck parking bays and the duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge are either complete or committed,” he said.
“I hope that soon we will be able to strike a deal with the state to make an announcement regarding Port Wakefield and ‘Crash Corner’ just to the north of the town.”
He predicted delays and inconvenience as a result of the Merriton Bridge widening.
He asked motorists to be patient, but said he could “assure them it will be worth it when the work is complete”.