29 August 2014
The wire barriers - located between Curtis Road and Tiver Road - were installed after a 2012 study by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) identified a strong likelihood it could save lives.
The study found that between 2000 and 2012 there were three fatal, six serious injury and 18 minor injury crashes along this section of road.
They were mainly because of run-off-road crashes within the central median.
The barriers will help prevent these types of crashes and, as a consequence, the risk of striking trees.
Given the crash history along this section of Main North Road, we expect that they will prevent seven serious and fatal injury crashes and 14 minor casualty crashes in the next decade.
WRSB are designed to deflect vehicles and are a top of the line safety barrier with low maintenance costs.
The Government invested $1.3 million into this project through the 2013/14 Rural Road Safety Program and has allocated $8.6 million for the continuation of the Rural Road Safety Program in 2014/15.
WRSB are also currently installed along the 1.7 kilometre stretch of Port Wakefield Road, south of Port Wakefield and for 2.3 kilometres along the four-way carriageway on Willunga Hill.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will continue to locate sections of road across South Australia where the barriers will improve safety for road users.
As the weather starts to warm up across South Australia, grain harvest gets underway across our grain growing regions.
The South Australian Government is developing a new strategy for the next ten years: South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031.
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.