Barker scores $11.2m for road safety upgrades

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Photo: Dani Brown.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Photo: Dani Brown.

Roads in the Barker electorate will be made safer through $11.2 million worth of upgrades funded by the federal and state government.

On Karoonda Highway, between Veitch to Boundary Road, work will include pavement treatment to fix wheel rutting and skid resistance, drainage, shoulder sealing, and audio tactile line marking (ATLM).

Shoulder sealing, surface treatment, and ATLM on the middle and sides of the Ngarkat Highway will be done from Pinnaroo to Bordertown.

Riddoch Highway, from Keith to Mount Gambier, will also be worked on.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the work would be completed by the end of June this year.

"I am pleased to see a total of $11,220,000 will be shared across communities in Barker to fund new road safety upgrades and improvements to help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring on our roads," he said.

"This vital funding is not only providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy, it is delivering life-saving upgrades to ensure road users stay safe on our roads."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said both motorists and workers were winners through the funding of more works.

"This funding will deliver key lifesaving improvements such as shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers they are moving out of their lane, median works to prevent head-on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and protect against roadside hazards," he said.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility right through all levels of government to all of us who use the road, which is why the Australian government is investing heavily in road safety upgrades across Australia."

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the investment in road upgrades would provide more jobs plus more safety and time saved on the roads.

"Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving vision zero," Mr Buchholz said.

For more information on the federal government's road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.

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