Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Tenders called for SA regional road upgrades

Media Release

DC260/2017

08 September 2017

Joint release with:

Tony Pasin

Federal Member for Barker

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Tenders have been called to deliver works under a $25 million Australian and South Australian government-funded upgrade of the Sturt Highway, as well as intersection upgrades near Mount Gambier and Penola.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Sturt Highway works would include bridge widening, strengthening and barrier installation in addition to overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing works already contracted.

“These upgrades are another example of the Australian Government's funding the infrastructure communities and businesses need to thrive,” Mr Chester said.

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said a further tender had been called to upgrade and widen four intersections near Mount Gambier and Penola.

“These intersection improvements, totalling $4.1 million, will improve turning movements for B-Doubles, making life easier for businesses and safer for all road users,” Mr Mullighan said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the upgrades meant higher productivity vehicles such as road trains would be able to use key regional freight routes.

“This is about helping our regional primary producers and other key industries get their products to market safely and efficiently, boosting the South Australian economy,” Mr Pasin said.

The four intersections to be upgraded are:

  • the Penola to Casterton Road junction with Tower Road,
  • the Riddoch Highway intersection with Wandilo Forest and Ridge Roads,
  • the Riddoch Highway junction with Kilsby Road, and
  • the Mount Gambier to Nelson Road junction with Kilsby Road

These $4.1 million intersection upgrades, funded under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, are jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments.

The Sturt Highway Productivity and Safety Improvements project is being funded through $19.89 million from the Australian Government and $4.97 million from the South Australian Government.

Construction of the upgrades is expected to start in coming months. The Sturt Highway works are expected to be completed in December 2018 and the intersection upgrades by mid-2018.