16 May 2014
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the six-year programme of works focussed on improving road safety for this key part of the National Network.
“The programme involved a range of upgrades, which combine to make the road safer for motorists and those stopped by the side of the road,” said Mr Truss.
“Simple upgrades such as a five metre clear zone and audible ‘rumble-strip’ line markings for the length of the Dukes Highway make for significant road safety improvements on long-distance road trips like Adelaide to Melbourne.
“Works also included the installation of 91 kilometres of wide centrelines to create more space between oncoming traffic, and 86 kilometres of roadside safety barriers at higher risk locations.
“These works are particularly focussed on reducing the likelihood and consequences of fatigue crashes on this 191 kilometre stretch of highway.”
South Australian Minister for Road Safety Tony Piccolo said further works along the South Eastern Freeway and Princes Highway have also been completed under the project.
“Works on the Princes Highway included shoulder widening and the installation of audible lane markings between Murray Bridge and Mt Barker. Between Verdun and Glen Osmond, the upgrade has installed an advanced traffic management system, which utilises variable speed limits to adapt traffic speeds to the conditions,” Mr Piccolo said.
“We have also completed safety upgrades along the South Eastern Freeway, including the installation of more than five kilometres of roadside safety barriers.
“All up, the project has upgraded or built 21 rest areas along both the Dukes Highway and South Eastern Freeway, which encourages drivers to take regular breaks and stay alert. Even with these significant improvements, it is still up to each of us to be responsible and considerate road users.”
The $100 million programme has been jointly funded, with $80 million from the Australian Government and 20 million from the South Australian Government.
Additional vehicles registered in South Australia have now been identified as having been fitted with a “critical” Takata airbag, and will be refused registration to ensure the safety of all road users.
As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.
As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.
Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.