Funding for Eyre Peninsula highways

FUNDING: Rowan Ramsey has applauded the funding for local highways.

FUNDING: Rowan Ramsey has applauded the funding for local highways.

The federal government has announced more than $2 million in funding for highways on Eyre Peninsula.

The government has committed $1.45 million as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program towards the widening of the road seal of 20 curves on the Tod Highway and 12 curves on the Birdseye Highway, main routes in the Wudinna and Elliston regions.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was pleased to hear the announcement of this funding to widen the curves of both highways.

“These improvements will improve safety and reduce the risk of head-on and lost-control crashes on curves,” he said.

“The Tod Highway is a heavily utilised route for heavy vehicles who share the road with cars, travellers and tourists.

“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we all drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to Grey.”

The government has also committed $1.43 million to construct a new rest area and upgrade an existing rest area on the Lincoln Highway, about 100 kilometres south of Whyalla.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program helped fund works designed to improve the safety and efficiency of important heavy vehicle routes around the nation.

“Around Australia we are investing in helping people get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live,” he said.

“That’s why we are continuing to deliver road funding where it’s needed, based mainly on the local knowledge, especially to councils which make up more than 60 per cent of the 93 projects selected under this latest round of funding.”