Roads funding in SA budget to be over $33 million

By: Chris Smith


Ninemsn reports the South Australian budget will include more than $33 million for a road safety program across the state's

Ninemsn reports the South Australian budget will include more than $33 million for a road safety program across the state's regional road network.

Treasurer Kevin Foley says the budget to be handed down on Thursday will include $29.4 million over four years for a shoulder sealing program covering 500km of roads.

Another $4.2 million would be spent over the next year on other rural road safety measures.

"The extension of the shoulder sealing program will continue to create safer roads and roadsides, which plays a critical role in achieving South Australia's road safety targets," Foley says.

"The (death) toll on our regional roads is significant and we are committed to addressing this by having a whole-of-state approach.

"Last year in country South Australia there were 76 fatalities, compared with 49 on metropolitan roads."

Ninemsn reports the budget will also commit an extra $500,000 to an ongoing program to improve safety at train crossings.

Most of the money will be spent on crossings in rural areas.

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