More than 40km of arterial roads in the Mallee and Upper South East of South Australia will receive a $1.5 million maintenance upgrade to improve safety.

More than 17km of the Dukes Highway between Bordertown and the Victorian border will be treated for undulation, improving the ride quality of one of the state’s’ major national highways.

Another 3.5km between Keith and Bordertown will be resealed.

Further south, road surface improvements are planned for the Ngarkat Highway with resealing in two locations near Pinnaroo, totalling 3.6km.

Shoulder sealing is planned for 4km of the Naracoorte Road between Naracoorte and Bordertown.

These projects are in addition to more than $2.6 million spent on Mallee and Upper South East roads in 2015, as well as the $2.3 million invested in the Karoonda Highway which was completed in October 2015.

MInister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said projects which improve road surface quality and shoulder sealing are important to make our roads safer by reducing the risk of crashes.

“These projects can also improve the ride quality, leading to less vehicle wear and tear, and making the journey more pleasant,” Mr Mullighan said.

“This is especially important in regional areas where heavy freight loads are transported on arterial roads and people generally travel longer distances.”

In the 2015-16 Budget, the Government allocated an extra $110 million dollars for more than 185 critical road projects over four years, with more than $70 million for country areas.

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