RAA’s State Budget infrastructure wins will keep South Australia’s economy and motorists moving
Tuesday, 4th Sep 2018
Funding in today’s State Budget for three major infrastructure projects on RAA’s priority list, is a major win for the state’s economy and road congestion relief, the state’s leading motoring organisation says.
In addition to the duplication of Main South Road from Griffiths Drive to Aldinga Beach scheduled for completion in June 2023, support for two other major infrastructure projects RAA has called for was also announced, with the duplication of Joy Baluch Bridge at Port Augusta set to complete by June 2021, and the upgrade of the Regency Road to Pym Street section of the North-South Corridor on track for completion the following financial year.
Today’s budget announcements come after another key project RAA called for - the upgrade of the Port Augusta Highway and Copper Coast Highway intersection - was given the green light last week.
RAA’s Senior Manager of Road Safety, Charles Mountain said that the infrastructure spending would provide the greatest possible return on investment for the state and help future-proof living standards for South Australians.
“RAA has long argued that investing in critical infrastructure would counter the negative economic impacts from worsening congestion, increased vehicle emissions, road safety risks, and deteriorating state highways and freight routes,” Mr Mountain said.
“We’re pleased the State Government has heeded our calls to fund the vital road improvements RAA identified.
“We’re also continuing to work with the government on further upgrades for the Horrocks Highway, beyond the $2.5 million allocated in today’s budget.”
The State Government announced a new Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund that will see 30 per cent of mining royalty revenues over the next four years, estimated to generate around $315 million, fund regional road infrastructure projects.
“By upgrading key roads, like Horrocks Highway, we can cut road deaths and injuries; and the economic and emotional anguish these bring for South Australian families,” Mr Mountain said.
“On behalf of our members, RAA will work with the State Government on portioning funds from the new Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund for investment in this key regional corridor.”
RAA continues to call on the State Government to increase its investment in road safety education, particularly the Street Smart Primary program that is currently only delivered to around a third of all South Australian primary schools.
“An annual commitment of $400,000 would enable this joint RAA, Motor Accident Commission and Lifetime Support Authority program to be available to every primary school in South Australia,’’ Mr Mountain said.