Rural areas in South Australia are set to experience improved road safety as a $4.1 million project involving shoulder sealing is set to commence on the Mallee Highway, west of Sherlock, and the Barrier Highway, between Manna Hill and Yunta.

The project is in addition to 26km of shoulder sealing works which are currently underway on Kingston Road, and will see the completion of shoulder sealing works along the entire 36km road section between Kingston on Murray and Loxton.

The upgrade will significantly improve safety for road users by reducing the risk of run-off-road type crashes.

The shoulder sealing works on the Mallee Highway, Barrier Highway and Kingston Road are expected to be completed by end of June 2017 (weather permitting).

The project has been funded through the 2016-17 State Government Asset Improvement Program with a $455,000 contribution from the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas said, Over the past five years we have seen a reduction in the number of crashes on rural roads generally, but there is always more to be done.”

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