Government takes first $2.5 million step towards fixing Horrocks Hwy

Regular commuters on the Horrocks Highway, north of Roseworthy, can look forward to improved safety and driving conditions when travelling to the Mid North and back.

The Marshall Liberal Government has taken the important first step towards improving the notorious Horrocks Highway, which connects Gawler to the Clare Valley and Mid North.

About $2.5 million worth of works will be conducted in 2018-19, addressing some of the road’s worst sections.

“Undulation works on the road from Roseworthy to the Wasleys turnoff at Templers will ensure a smoother and safer commute constituents in the northern end of the Schubert electorate,” Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said.

The 8.3-kilometre stretch has been well documented for its safety concerns, including topping the RAA’s list of dangerous South Australian roads.

“This is another example of much needed regional road infrastructure which was ignored by the previous Labor Government for 16 years,” Mr Knoll said.

“Once again, the Marshall Liberal Government is delivering on our commitments to South Australia’s vital regions.

“It’s important to note that fixing the Horrocks Highway is a long-term project; this money is a good first step in addressing this difficult road.”

Further works will be conducted on the northern end of the highway, in the Frome electorate.

Rehabilitation works will be undertaken on a 3.5km stretch near Yacka, from 1km north of Angle Grove Road to south of Collinsfield Road, and a 4km stretch from about 0.5km north of Stone Cutter Road to 1km north of Angle Grove Road.

“Through the Royalties for Regions program, the Marshall Government has established a Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Knoll said.

“This will see 30 per cent of mining royalties quarantines to invest in our regional road network and other infrastructure.”