Rural road full steam ahead

The entire Clay Wells Road – between Robe and Penola – has been returned to a 110kph speed limit, following a raft of maintenance works to improve the road’s safety.

The road was reduced to 100kph under the former Labor Government. The Liberal Government committed to returning the Clay Wells Road – and seven other roads in the state – to 110kph at the last state election.

As part of that project, $56m was pledged by the Federal Government and $14m from the State Government, to help facilitate the re-instatement of the speed limit. Member for MacKillop Nick McBride was on hand to help erect and change the new signage at 10 different locations along Clay Wells Road and said the return to 110kph would be welcomed by locals and tourists alike.

“This road is one of the main thoroughfares into the popular seaside town of Robe,” he said. “It runs between Penola and the Southern Ports Highway and sections of it are used by people travelling from Millicent and Naracoorte as well. “Many people have been frustrated by the lower speed limit, which created confusion and uncertainty for drivers.”

Works that have been carried out on the road includes 55km of shoulder sealing (between Southern Ports Highway and Callendale Road), bridge barrier replacements, new line marking, replacement of guideposts and the installation of audio tactile line marking. “I acknowledge that returning the road to 110kph has taken longer than some people expected,” Mr McBride said.

“Our government is working to address a significant backlog of works required on regional roads. “The safety of the roads was always the number one priority. “I hope that road users appreciate the improvements that have been made along Clay Wells Road which have enabled it to be returned to the higher speed limit.

“I am pleased the Marshall Liberal Government is investing in country roads. “The money that has been spent has made the Clay Wells Road much safer for road users. “Country roads are crucial to building strong regional communities and growing economies.”

Late last year the Carpenter Rocks Road leading out of Mount Gambier had its speed limit returned to 110kph. This year, the Riddoch Highway and the Ngarkat Highway are expected to be returned to 110kph.

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