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RAA welcomes state budget commitment to regional roads funding

Sunday, 9th Jun 2019

RAA welcomes the State Government’s $1.115 billion pledge to make country driving safer and boost the regional economy.

Sunday’s announcement of this significant investment comes after RAA lobbied for an urgent increase in rural road maintenance, and upgrades of the Lincoln and Tod highways on Eyre Peninsula and Horrocks Highway in the state’s Mid North.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said this funding boost can now ensure that these projects can be delivered.

“RAA welcomes the Marshall Government’s crucial commitment to regional road investment in this month’s state budget,’’ he said.

“With the closure of the rail grain service on Eyre Peninsula, the need to upgrade the roads that are going to be subject to increased grain movements is essential and must be commenced as soon as possible.

“The investment in overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing is welcomed because these measures significantly improve safety by providing safe overtaking opportunities and reducing the risk of run-off road crashes due to crumbling road edges.

“And the funding allocation for the Horrocks Highway is important to urgently address the poor road surface and other issues on this critically important corridor.’’

Mr Mountain said RAA, the state’s largest mobility organisation, looks forward to the government’s implementation of the billion dollar plus investment in regional roads to not only reduce road trauma but also boost the regional economy.

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