Upgrades for critical road links in outback South Australia
Posted on Monday, 22 January, 2018
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is pleased that work is
starting on the $3 million upgrade of 30 kilometres of the Oodnadatta Track and
25 kilometres of Kempe Road in outback South Australia.
Mr Ramsey said roads were economic lifelines for towns like
Oodnadatta and their surrounding regions.
“These works will involve resurfacing the road and upgrading
drainage, which will reduce the frequency of road closures and improve safety
for drivers,” Mr Ramsey said.
The $3 million
project fully funded by the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
“I’m really pleased to see this $3 million investment in
some of our remote roads. The works will also support 10 full-time equivalent
jobs during construction,” Mr Ramsey said.
Works will be carried out on a 30 kilometre section of the
Track between William Creek and Oodnadatta and a 25 kilometre section of Kempe
Road between Oodnadatta and Coober Pedy.
The road will remain open to traffic, with speed
restrictions in place while workers are on site. Works will be carried
out between 7am and 6:30pm on weekdays and weekends over 21 day blocks, with
seven day breaks until completed.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and
Transport Barnaby Joyce said the upgrades would boost driver safety and create
fresh economic and social benefits for people who regularly use the roads,
including local pastoralists, truckies and tourists.
“As well as being a heritage tourist corridor, the
Oodnadatta Track is a vital freight and cattle transport route that makes a
significant contribution to the national economy,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is fully funding this project,
and hundreds of others across the nation under our $4.4 billion Roads to
The upgrades are expected to be completed in August 2018,
Contact: Courtney Stephens 08 8821 4366
17 Jan 2018