Upgrades on the Wimmera Highway near Naracoorte, including two new junctions, have begun this week, as part of a $14.6 million project.
The construction of two new junctions on the Wimmera Highway will help freight vehicles up to 36.5 metres in length (Performance Based Standards 3A road trains) better access local businesses including the Teys Australia Naracoorte Facility and the QUBE Hynam Depot.
These two new junctions will provide sheltered right-turn lanes into both businesses.
“The two new junctions on the Wimmera Highway will be a great win for all road users, particularly freight operators with larger vehicles, who will have better access to local businesses,” said SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Tom Koutsantonis.
“Other upgrades as part of the project include new asphalt and line-marking, improved lighting and the installation of safety barriers, which will all contribute towards making Wimmera Highway safer and smoother for all road users.”
The project will also include a dedicated left-turn deceleration lane into Teys Australia, new asphalt, line-marking, LED lighting, safety barrier installation and upgraded drainage.
Completion of this project is expected in mid-2023, weather permitting.
Works will be undertaken Monday to Friday between 7am and 5:30pm and Saturday 7am to 3:30pm. Some work may be required outside of these hours.
To safely facilitate these works, the highway will be intermittently reduced to a single lane of traffic, with speed restrictions and temporary traffic lights in place to control the direction of traffic.
Outside of working hours the highway will re-open to two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) with speed restrictions in place.
Road users are asked to plan ahead, expect delays, allow extra travel time and take extra care when workers are on site. Observe speed limits, lane restrictions and traffic controllers when travelling through the area.
The contract for these works has been awarded to South Australian company Bardavcol and will support approximately 25 full-time-equivalent jobs over the construction period.
The works form part of the $14.6 million Rural Roads Package — Naracoorte Roundabouts project, which is jointly funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian and South Australian governments.