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Federal Government Keeps South Australia Moving

John Anderson

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Leader of the National Party


14th May 2002

The Federal Government will spend $96.5 million on South Australia's roads in 2002-03, including the new Port River Expressway, widening Portrush Road, and overtaking lanes on the Sturt Highway, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

"South Australia is the crossroads of the nation, and our roads programme strengthens the road links that underpin the State's economy and development. It implements the commitments that we announced during the election campaign in Keeping Australia Moving," Mr Anderson said.

Getting started on the Port River Expressway

"The successful tenderer for Stage 1 of Adelaide's Port River Expressway will be known by the end of May, paving the way for construction to begin on the much anticipated project.

"The new Port River Expressway is linked to the plans to extend the Outer Harbor container terminal wharf by an extra 150 metres, which will cater to freight-efficient shipping and attract more cruise ships to Adelaide. The Federal Government is contributing $26.7 million to stage 1 of the expressway, as part of our national focus on developing major port access roads around Australia.

"We will provide $6 million in 2002-03, with the remainder in future years as construction continues. The expressway will become a strategic transport artery serving the State's major port and extensive industrial areas.

"Rural industries will benefit, too. The Outer Harbor container terminal handles more than 100,000 containers per year, representing about half of South Australia's container traffic. The Port Adelaide Grain Terminal accounts for about a quarter of the state's grain exports. The Port of Adelaide is also critical to the wine and livestock industries.

"The roadworks component of the project extends from Ocean Steamers Road to the Salisbury Highway-South Road Connector, including Hanson Road, and comprises:

  • ยท the four-lane Port River Expressway between Eastern Parade and the Salisbury Highway-South Road Connector. The total length of this section is 4.7 km;
  • widening Francis Street between Ocean Steamers Road and Eastern Parade to four lanes. The total length of this section is 1.05 km; and
  • traffic signal controls at the Salisbury Highway-South Road Connector."

Widening Portrush Road

Mr Anderson said the federally-funded Portrush Road widening would cost $42 million.

"The project will receive $8.4 million in 2002-03 so that Portrush Road can be converted to two lanes in each direction over three kilometres between Magill and Greenhill roads. The outer lane will be 4.5 metres wide to cater to cyclists. Its other features will include indented bus bays, wider intersections and a landscaped median. Traffic lights at intersections will allow safe pedestrian access.

"The Portrush Road widening serves as an urban renewal project, and is a practical solution to traffic congestion along this section of the National Highway," Mr Anderson said.

Sturt Highway overtaking lanes

The Federal Government has made a commitment to fund 17 overtaking lanes on the Sturt Highway between Gawler and the Victorian border, at a total cost of $18 million.

"We will spend $2 million on overtaking lanes in 2002-03, which is the same funding level as 2001-02. The remaining funds will be paid out as the project continues, " Mr Anderson said.

"Two of the 17 passing lanes were built in 2001-02 in the eastbound and westbound directions near Kingston-on-Murray.

"The remaining lanes will be built or extended as follows:

  • Eastbound: east of Argent Road, west of Daveyston, east of Truro, adjacent to the Brookfield Conservation Park, east of Blanchtown, west of Zeigler Road at Wakerie, east of Wakerie by Holder Settlement, east of Barmera and east of Paringa.
  • Westbound: between Daveyston and Nurioopta, adjacent to the Brookfield Conservation Park, west of Kani Road, Waikerie West, adjacent to Woolpunda and west of the junction with the old Sturt Highway.
  • Extensions: lengthen the existing eastbound lane at Lyrup and also the westbound lane at Roseworthy Road.

"The next overtaking lanes to be built in order of priority are two lanes westbound adjacent to Woolpunda and near Waikerie. All 17 overtaking lanes will be completed by mid-2006. The need for overtaking lanes has grown out of the increased traffic volumes using the route and the trend towards larger vehicles, which has made safe overtaking more difficult.

Saving lives with the Black Spot Programme

"The Government has kept its election commitment to continue the Black Spot Programme, which provides funding to improve dangerous locations on Australia's roads. The programme is estimated to have prevented more than 1,500 serious crashes during its first three years of operation. We will spend $180 million nationally on the programme over the next four years.

"South Australia will receive $3.5 million in 2002-03 under the Black Spot Programme, which will undoubtedly save lives," Mr Anderson said.

Upgrading local roads

Mr Anderson said the largest component of South Australia's roads allocation was $40.9 million for local roads under the Roads to Recovery Programme and untied Local Roads Grants to local authorities.

"The $1.2 billion Roads to Recovery Programme is the largest funding injection into local roads by any Federal Government. Local councils, rather than government bureaucrats, are responsible for identifying Roads to Recovery projects, because we recognise that local leaders are best placed to judge the needs of their communities," Mr Anderson said.

Other road projects

In 2002-03, the Federal Government will spend:

  • $3.2 million on the widening of Eyre Highway between Penong and Ceduna;
  • $5 million on shoulder sealing and overtaking lanes on the Adelaide-Port Augusta Road between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta;
  • $2 million on shoulder sealing to improve safety on the Dukes Highway;
  • $1.5 million for access controls and junction safety improvements along the Salisbury Highway.
  • up to $1 million to progress planning for a new northern road gateway to Adelaide along Angle Vale and Heaslip Roads, in addition to safety improvements on Main North Road.

Mr Anderson said the Federal Government would work with the South Australian Government to develop a suitable and affordable design solution for an elevated interchange at Gepps Cross.

"A great deal of planning and community consultation are required before the project can be developed to the construction stage. Only when these essential steps are taken will it be possible to establish a firm timetable for construction," Mr Anderson said.

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680