The South Australian Government is right to crow about its hefty allocation for road infrastructure in its 2021-22 Budget, the National Road Transport Association said today.
NatRoad has singled out the announcement of continued funding for the Adelaide North-South Corridor as good news for heavy vehicle operators.
“The commitment to fixing the 10.5 kilometre section between River Torrens and Darlington (T2D) is the final piece of the North-South Corridor,” said CEO Warren Clark.
“South Road used to be a dual lane road with many issues including poor traffic flow issues due to a high number of controlled intersections.
“Most heavy vehicles had to use the right-hand lane rather than staying in the left because of the camber of the road and the positioning of power poles.
“Once the River Torrens to Darlington section is completed it will provide a limited access thoroughfare from north of Gawler to the southern suburbs.
“We’ve already seen improvements with earlier work on the North-South Corridor and it’s satisfying to know that the SA and Commonwealth Governments have listened and are acting.”
Mr Clark said the total project cost was now expected to be around $9.9 billion with $2.711b coming from the Commonwealth.
NatRoad has applauded the announcement of $202 million for the Truro Bypass and upgrade of the Sturt Highway which will improve access for freight vehicles.
Mr Clark said a $105m commitment for SA’s Road Safety Package on top of earlier funding and a $36m refurbishment of the Old Murray Bridge were other welcome big ticket items.
With a proud history dating back to 1948, NatRoad operates to represent its members and as advocates for the $96 billion road freight industry. With more than 45,000 trucking companies employing more than 140,000 people across the country, the road transport industry is one of Australia’s biggest economic drivers.
NatRoad is a not-for-profit Association that is 100% funded via its membership fees and business partnerships. No funding is provided by government or unions. We know the road transport industry. Our board is made up of individuals who run transport businesses and have members from owner-drivers to road freight and large fleet operators, representing all aspects of the industry. General freight, road trains, livestock, tippers, express, car carriers, as well as tankers and refrigerated operators.