Crumbling Sturt Highway overtaking lane repairs

The overtaking lane was originally built in March 2018, before being closed a few months later in June.
The overtaking lane was originally built in March 2018, before being closed a few months later in June.

The State Government is improving road safety on the Sturt Highway with repair works to be undertaken on the overtaking lane between Truro and Stockwell this month.

The overtaking lane, which has sat in a state of disrepair since June 2018, is expected to be repaired by the Australia Day long weekend to avoid disruptions during the busy Vintage 2019 period.

The new overtaking lane, near Jaeger Road, was originally completed and opened in the first week of March 2018.

Following the completion of the works, there were some concerns regarding the road surface with rough ride and potholing.

The overtaking lane was closed in June as a temporary measure whilst the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure investigated the cause and determined the best way forward for a long-term solution.

Speed restrictions will apply whilst works are underway and some temporary lane restrictions will be required.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll advised those travelling in the area to take care.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll at the overtaking lane.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll at the overtaking lane.

“Advance notice signage will be in place and motorists are reminded to take extra care when travelling through this section of road, observe road signage and the directions of traffic management staff on site and be aware of other road users during the holiday period,” Minister Knoll said.

“The state of the road surface on this section of road has been an ongoing issue which has been repeatedly raised with me by constituents of both the Schubert and Stuart electorates in the latter part of 2018.

“Many residents travel the highway between Truro and Nuriootpa each day and I know they will be happy to hear this reparation work is being undertaken.

“The scheduled completion date should ensure there is little disruption to the upcoming vintage 2019 and carriers can look forward to a safer, more efficient drive on this popular freight route.”

“The Marshall Government understands how important regional roads and infrastructure are for safety of country travellers as well as the future prosperity of our state,” Minister Knoll said.