• Work starts on safety improvements for Kilsby Road junctions in Mount Gambier
• Nearby Riddoch Highway-Wandilo Forest Road intersection upgrade also starts this month
• Both projects are jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments

Construction has kicked off this month on two safety projects in South Australia’s Mount Gambier region, funded under the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.   Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the upgrades would improve safety on Mount Gambier’s Kilsby Road south of town and on Wandilo-Forest Road/Ridge Road, north of town.

“These projects will improve access to Riddoch Highway, which is a key freight route through the Limestone Coast region, so it’s important we provide roads which can safely sustain heavy vehicle traffic,” Mr Pasin said.  “Upgrading these intersections will enable freight to be more safely transport support economic growth and jobs.

“The first project will improve safety at the junctions of Kilsby Road with Glenelg River Road and the Riddoch Highway, which will help cater for heavy vehicles on Kilsby Road, reducing congestion in the more residential areas of Mount Gambier.

“Work has already begun and heavy vehicle operators and local businesses can expect a safer and more productive route when it is completed in April, weather permitting.
“The second project will create dedicated right and left-turn lanes and better pavement just north of Mount Gambier at Wandilo Forest Road/Ridge Road, making it safer for heavy vehicles to turn into and from the Riddoch Highway.  “These works are expected to conclude in April.”

The Australian and South Australian governments are investing up to $2.77 million in the projects in a 50:50 split.


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