Temporary throw screens installed on Southern Expressway

The State Government has completed the installation of approximately 1.1 kilometres of temporary throw screens on bridges along the Southern Expressway.  

The last confirmed rock throwing incident along the Southern Expressway was June 27, over six weeks ago.

“The Marshall Government has delivered a range of infrastructure solutions to combat the scourge of rock throwing along the Southern Expressway,” Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll siad.

“I’ve been advised that it’s now been over six weeks since the last confirmed incident of rock throwing along the Southern Expressway.

“The infrastructure solutions, along with SAPOL’s great work through Operation Watercolour, have been very successful to date in curbing the instances of this dangerous and stupid behaviour.

“The Marshall Government’s priority is the safety of South Australians.

“We have acted to ensure motorists are as safe as possible when travelling along the Southern Expressway.

“Although the new State Government has put a number of measures in place to curb this behaviour and the last confirmed incident was over six weeks ago, I would still encourage the community to remain vigilant and continue to report suspicious behaviour.

“These temporary throw screens have been installed in just under four weeks which is ahead of schedule.

“As a result of these temporary anti-throw screens being completed, road and pedestrian bridges across the Southern Expressway now have either permanent or temporary anti-throw screens.

“These temporary throw screens complement additional safety measures including upgrades to CCTV cameras along the Southern Expressway and the installation of steel mesh over loose rocks at bridge sites.

“The design of the permanent anti-throw screens to replace the temporary screens is currently being finalised with installation works expected to begin later this year.

“The community can rest assured that the temporary throw screens will remain in place until the permanent solution is delivered.”