Federal and State Government are working together to deliver on regional road upgrades with the contract awarded for works on Browns Well Highway.

The $13.5 million package of works between Loxton and Pinnaroo Road will be undertaken by South Australian company McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd.

The works include approximately 100 kilometres of shoulder sealing and seven kilometres of pavement rehabilitation, new line marking, replacement of guide posts, the installation of audio tactile edge lines and approximately ten kilometres of safety barrier.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the announcement pointing to the economic benefits to road infrastructure upgrades.

“Not only is this creating and sustaining jobs for the construction company at a critical time, but the long term benefits to improving our regional roads shouldn’t be under estimated,” Mr Pasin said.

“Better road infrastructure means we can move ourselves and our freight more safely and productively around the nation, which will in turn help us build a stronger and more resilient economy.”

“This is why the Morrison Federal Government is investing 80 per cent of funding to get this work done,” Mr Pasin said.

These safety improvements are in support of the State Government’s commitment to raise the speed limit to 110 km/h.

“It is great to see the Morrison and Marshall Governments working together to upgrade long neglected infrastructure in regional South Australia. This road is an important route for freight and this upgrade will assist the local agriculture and horticulture industries.” Mr Pederick said.

Works will be undertaken each day from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, with lane and speed restrictions as required. Motorists are advised to take extra care when workers are on site and observe speed and lane restrictions when travelling through the area.

The works are jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments on a 80/20 basis and are scheduled to commence in mid-year, weather permitting, with the final speed limit expected to be signposted in the second quarter of 2021.