Horrocks Hwy shoulder sealing works complete

A 13-kilometre stretch of the Horrocks Highway in the Mid North has been widened and its shoulders sealed to increase driver safety and convenience.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure had been undertaking shoulder widening and sealing works along the Horrocks Highway, from Yacka township to just north of the Brinkworth turn-off (Stone Cutter Road), since November.

“The safety of South Australians on our roads is paramount for the Marshall Liberal Government,” Minister Knoll said.

“Our regional roads are in varying stages of disrepair after 16 years of neglect under Labor.

“Last year, we moved quickly to commit to works to improve the safety and driving conditions on some of the worst stretches of the Horrocks Highway. We said then that this was the first step towards fixing this notorious highway.

“Since then, we have committed an additional $55 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to deliver further shoulder sealing and overtaking lanes along the Horrocks corridor, among a raft of other crucial regional road upgrades.

“This investment in South Australia’s regions will deliver real, tangible results. It will save lives, while helping to build regional communities and create jobs.”

Minister Knoll said the main works were completed in March, resulting in the sealed width of the 13km stretch of highway between Yacka and Brinkworth being increased to 8.6 metres in total (consisting of two 3.3m lanes and two 1m shoulders).

Previously, the sealed width varied from 7.4m to as little as 6m in some areas.

An 800m section near Weckert Road was also reconstructed to a full width to correct undulations, as part of the works.

Finishing works have been undertaken since March, with a total of 1.5km of guard rail now being installed over six targeted locations throughout June, to address roadside safety hazards.

The increased sealed road and shoulder width provides motorists with additional recovery width to regain control of their vehicles, should they run wide of the traffic lane.

The project cost approximately $3.765 million to deliver, and was funded by the South Australian Government’s Community Road Safety Fund (Shoulder Sealing Program) and Critical Road Maintenance Programs.