Along-awaited upgrade to the Southern Ports Highway between Millicent and Beachport is drawing closer as it has moved up the priority list of the State Government. The road surface and width is regularly criticised.
Complaints were aired late last year at a community forum staged in Beachport by Member for Barker Tony Pasin. As the Southern Ports Highway is a State Government responsibility, Mr Pasin directed the concerns to the Transport Minister Corey Wingard. In his reply to Mr Pasin, the minister referred to the status of a number of road projects across the region.
Mr Wingard said he had taken advice from his officers in the Department of Transport and Infrastructure. “I am advised that five sections of the Southern Ports Highway between Millicent and Beachport have been identified as candidates for re-surfacing works and will be considered in future when assessing projects,” Mr Wingard said.
“I am also advised that a significant program of works is planned for the Princes Highway including shoulder sealing and pavement rehabilitation on priority sections. “In the Salt Creek area, site constraints associated with the Coorong National Park and remnant native vegetation have indicated the installation of an overtaking lane in this location as a longer-term priority.
“However, several new overtaking lanes are planned for between Salt Creek and Meningie, for north of Millicent and near the Victorian border. “Extensions to existing overtaking lanes between Millicent and Mount Gambier are also planned.”