19/11/2021 | Corey Wingard MP | Better Services

Commuters and holidaymakers who use Main South Road will enjoy a smoother, safer trip these Christmas holidays thanks to a repair blitz currently being undertaken between Aldinga Beach Road and Sellicks Beach Road.

Pavement patching works started this week on the six-kilometre stretch of Main South Road, fixing potholes and surfacing issues to deliver a better journey for motorists.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said maintaining the state’s road network is vital to supporting our communities and saving lives on our regional roads.

“We inherited a massive $750 million backlog of road maintenance work right across South Australia because the former Labor government didn’t invest in our regions.” Minister Wingard said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is chipping away at that backlog and is spending record amounts of money on our regional road network.

“With a State Government managed road network of nearly 23,000 kilometres, we’re committed to working through the maintenance backlog we inherited and ensuring any road defects are repaired as quickly as possible because that’s what South Australian motorists deserve.

“Thousands of motorists living or travelling down south will benefit every day once these patching works along Main South Road are complete, enjoying a far smoother and safer journey.

“Contractors will be repairing more than 115 different sites where the road surface is worn or damaged in a two-week blitz between Aldinga Beach Road and Sellicks Beach Road.

“This type of work isn’t sexy but it is important and will make a tangible and noticeable change to the every day lives of South Australian motorists.

“We expect the night works to be completed by early December, well in time for a busy Christmas season and paving the way for holidaymakers to safely head down the coast.”

The repairs mark the start of a renewed focus on Main South Road, with works as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $560 million Fleurieu Connections Package to begin shortly.

Following extensive community consultation, the designs for the Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road duplication projects have recently been finalised with the solutions aiming to reduce travel times, improve road safety and increase connectivity across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“Our Fleurieu Connections project will support 770 full-time jobs each year during construction and provide better and safer access to the beautiful Fleurieu region for motorists, as well as benefiting local communities and tourism operators.

“It’s a far superior solution compared with Labor’s proposal of another two roundabouts to complement their epic failure of a roundabout at Port Road in Aldinga