Intersection upgrades near Burra

The state government has announced $1.6 million in funding for intersection upgrades on the Barrier Highway near Burra.
The state government has announced $1.6 million in funding for intersection upgrades on the Barrier Highway near Burra.

The Barrier Highway is earmarked for an upgrade as part of the state governments rural road safety infrastructure program.

On Tuesday it was announced that $1.6 million in funding would be allocated for upgrades to the Barrier Highway at Copperhouse Road and Springbank Road.

It will include a staggered T intersection, left-hand deceleration lane and lighting upgrade.

Road Safety Minister Chris Picton said the state government was intent on improving rural roads after a horror road toll in 2017.

“In 2017 we saw 101 fatalities on South Australian roads,” Mr Picton said, “the State Government remains focussed on reducing deaths and injuries on our roads, and our investment in infrastructure plays a critical role in achieving these goals.

“We are committed to improving road infrastructure right across the State and this $17 million investment in rural roads will go a long way towards increasing safety, particularly at black spot locations.

“Serious casualty crashes in the rural area are mostly single vehicle type crashes on high speed roads and through constant analysis of road crash statistics we are able to identify the priority locations for upgrade works.”

A total of $17m will be invested across the state in the latest round of funding for the program.

Along with these upgrades at Burra, $65,000 has also been allocated to install a safety barrier at the Farrell Flat Road and Barrier Highway intersection.

The state government has also committed to fund shoulder sealing on roads in the mid north area.

A section of RM Williams Way near Spalding will have $310,000 allocated for shoulder sealing and install a safety barrier.

Road shoulders south of Yacka on the Horrocks Highway will be sealed for $1.3m, while the sealing of Balaklava Road between Balaklava and Halbury has been allocated $1.36m.

Owen Road will also receive $500,000.