Road funding brought forward, Ngarkat Highway to benefit

FUNDING: Upgrades to Ngarkat Highway are expected to be brought forward due to a decision from the Federal Government and State Government to bring forward a combined $100m in road funding.
FUNDING: Upgrades to Ngarkat Highway are expected to be brought forward due to a decision from the Federal Government and State Government to bring forward a combined $100m in road funding.

The Tatiara will reap the benefits of the Federal Government's announcement to bring forward critical road projects across the state.

The decision sees the Federal Government deliver $80m towards the SA Rural Roads Safety Package immediately over the next two financial years, out of its $114.4m commitment.

$20m will also be brought forward by the State Government, out of its $28.6m commitment.

A total of $100m of funding will allow road upgrades throughout the Barker electorate to commence immediately and over the next two financial years, after previously being allocated beyond 2021-22.

Tatiara residents will be happy to hear the SA Rural Roads Safety Package includes upgrades to Ngarkat Highway (Bordertown to Pinnaroo), which has been the source of discussion for many years.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the announcement was a massive victory for the South East, with the improvement of the area's regional roads to provide multiple benefits.

"Regional road upgrades are vital to increasing productivity and safety. The Morrison Government is making these upgrades a priority by bring this funding forward," Mr Pasin said.

The Ngarkat Highway is just one of eight state roads in the electorate that will benefit from the funding, with the Riddoch Highway set to be the biggest winner.

Mr Pasin said he has been a strong advocate for local roads and he is pleased with the backing shown by the Federal Government.

"I've been strong advocate for our local roads and while the State Government made a commitment to raise the speed limit back to 110 km per hour, I'm pleased that our Federal Government has stepped up to fund upgrades to these eight state roads," Mrs Pasin said.

Deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development Michael McCormack said the Rural Roads Safety Package will allow critical works to get underway.

"This is about getting works underway on critical safety upgrades across SA so we can ensure the significant benefits to communities and freight operators are delivered as soon as possible," Mr McCormack said.

South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the accelerated funding will make country roads safer and help safe lives.

"By working collaboratively with the Federal Government we have been able to fast-track a number of regional road projects to help build regional communities, improve road safety and help save lives on our country roads," Mr Knoll said.

The SA Rural Roads Safety Package includes upgrades to these roads in the Barker electorate:

  • Mt Gambier to Port MacDonnell (Riddoch Highway).
  • Ngarkat Highway (Pinnaroo to Bordertown).
  • Loxton to Pinnaroo (Browns Well highway).
  • Southern Ports Highway to Callendale (Clay Wells Road).
  • Carpenter Rocks to Mt Gambier (Carpenter Rocks Road).

Along with three over taking lanes on Riddoch Highway:

  • Riddoch Highway between Tower Road to Coonawarra northbound overtaking lane.
  • Riddoch Highway between Tower Road to Coonawarra southbound overtaking lane.
  • Riddoch Highway between Mount Gambier Forest to Nangwarry (northbound).