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Source: Premier’s Office.
In a statement just released, Premier Jay Weatherill unveiled South Australia’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan , which contains a wide range of infrastructure priorities to strengthen the Limestone Coast region. He encouraged people living in the Limestone Coast to get involved with the consultation process and have their say about transport infrastructure priorities for the region’s future. The duplication of the Dukes Highway is included in a new transport vision for South Australia’s future, released by the State Government today.
“The Limestone Coast is a major part of our economy – the region has some of our prime tourist attractions, and its roads carry significant amounts of freight bound for key markets nationally and internationally,” he said.
“The duplication of the Dukes Highway would be a major boon for the region and the Government considers this a part of South Australia’s transport vision.
“Upgrading the region’s transport infrastructure will make it easier and safer for local businesses to transport freight; for tourists wanting to visit this idyllic part of the world and for locals who use these roads every day.
“And, to take advantage of the Limestone Coast’s magnificent natural assets, this plan looks at how we can make the most of the region’s boat ramps, jetties and wharves.”
Proposed transport infrastructure upgrades for the Limestone Coast region include:
• Duplication of the Dukes Highway from Keith to the Victorian border in the longer-term;
• Upgrades to the Riddoch and Princes Highways, the Pinnaroo to Bordertown Road and the Bordertown to Naracoorte Road – including road widening, shoulder sealing, overtaking lanes and rest areas;
• A town bypass to reduce traffic issues at the historic Penola township;
• Upgrades to local aerodromes – including those at Kingston, Naracoorte, Millicent, Bordertown and Mount Gambier;
• Upgrades to boat ramps, jetties and wharves, including those at Kingston and Beachport; and
• Potential heavy vehicle bypasses on local roads.
“All of this is no longer just a dream – it’s part of a detailed plan for our State’s transport future and part of my plan for Building a Stronger South Australia,” Mr Weatherill said.
Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi said today it was especially pleasing to see the Penola By-Pass first on the list in the Premiers vision for the Limestone Coast.
“It is also very pleasing to see acknowledgement of the work that needs to be done in our area. Council is particularly concerned about the road to the north of us, linking Millicent and Kingston and hope this will also be a priority in the plan,” said Mayor Gandolfi.
Other upgrades include the Strezleki Track in the north of the state and an up grade of ferries on the River Murray. Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis said safe and reliable roads are required to support our significant minerals and energy resource potential as well as the grazing, defense and aerospace industries.
“Town bypasses flagged for Truro, and potentially Renmark, will also make it easier to transport freight while minimizing the impact on local traffic and the amenity of towns.”
“Sealing of the Strezlecki Track as well as targeted upgrades to the Stuart, Eyre, Augusta and Barrier Highways will improve the efficiency of truck and tourist vehicle travel through the region,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“This strategic investment will also create a consistent network standard for national and state roads linking regional South Australia.”