$25 million to upgrade the Sturt Highway

Media Release

WT066/2015

06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Improvements to the Sturt Highway in South Australia will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is allocating $19.9 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme for priority projects on the Sturt Highway, including bridge widening, strengthening, barrier and intersection upgrades, new overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing of the Berri Bypass.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme would support national and state freight movements.

“These Sturt Highway projects will be jointly funded, with the South Australian Government providing $4.97 million, in partnership with the Australian Government's $19.9 million,” Mr Mullighan said.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and South Australian governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on Sturt Highway priority projects funded under the National Highway Upgrade Programme are expected to commence in 2015–16.