Hundreds of jobs will be created and more than 500 lane kilometres of South Australian roads repaired over the next four years as the Marshall Liberal Government continues to roll out its record $12.9 billion infrastructure spend.
The Marshall Government’s record spend on roads will see more than $160 million allocated to fixing some of South Australia’s worst roads as part of its broader road maintenance program. This program is expected to support 207 full time equivalent jobs per year on average.
This periodic maintenance is in addition to the more than $700 million being invested to upgrade intersections and remove level crossings across Adelaide, the record $1.1 billion regional roads and infrastructure spend and other road infrastructure programs.
Dozens of key road corridors used by tens of thousands of motorists each day will receive funding, including Fullarton Road, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Port Wakefield Road and Grand Junction Road amongst others.
“The Marshall Government’s record $12.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works will see more road upgrades across our state than ever before as we continue to build what matters for South Australians,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said.
“We will be fixing more than 500 lane kilometres of road that will support hundreds of jobs and many small to medium South Australian businesses.
“The former Labor government left South Australians with a road maintenance back log of more than $750 million.
“They refused to adequately invest in the road and infrastructure projects that South Australians so desperately need.
“That’s why the Marshall Liberal Government is investing more into roads and infrastructure over the next four years than any other four year period in our state’s history.
“We are delivering more than $700 million to upgrade key intersections and remove level crossings across metropolitan Adelaide to bust congestion.
“Importantly, we’re also investing record amounts in our regions to fix more than 1,000 kilometres of country roads to help save lives and improve productivity.
“We’re investing in fixing the roads that hundreds of thousands of South Australians use every day to get to and from work or home.
“It’s about making everyone’s journey safer and smoother.
“Over the next few years, South Australians will see a lot of road work signs but we ask for their patience as these are necessary upgrades.
“And every time you see a road works sign, that means there’s another South Australian in a job which is crucially important as we continue to bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Originally published on the Premier of South Australia’s website: Repairing roads to create hundreds of jobs