Highway upgrade forms part of $120b project

Junction upgrade works on the Wimmera Highway will soon begin with construction expected to start late 2022 and be completed mid-2023, weather permitting.

The announcement was welcomed by Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who said the project formed part of the former Liberal Government’s $120b 10-year infrastructure pipeline.

The upgrades will improve road safety and increase freight productivity, facilitating improved freight access for higher productivity vehicles up to 35.6 metres in length to local businesses, the Teys Australia Naracoorte facility and the QUBE Hynam Depot.

Mr Pasin said the project formed part of the former government’s South Australian Rural Roads Package, a joint initiative funded 80:20 by the Federal and State Government that also saw the two Smith Street Roundabouts modified for increased freight productivity.

“Improving efficiency along our transport routes means local businesses have more money to invest in their operations, creating jobs and providing a boost to our agricultural industry right across the supply chain,” he said.

“This investment was made by State and Federal Liberal Governments because we understand that investing in our rural and regional roads is an investment in regional jobs and makes communities better places to live, work and raise a family.”

The upgrade design includes new asphalt along the Wimmera Highway between Teys Australia and QUBE Logistics, sheltered right-turn lanes into both businesses and a dedicated left-hand turn deceleration lane into Teys.

Vegetation management and removal will also occur to improve driver sight lines, new LED lighting will improve visibility and enhance road safety at night and drainage will be upgraded.

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