$8 million will be invested by the State Government to deliver crucial road upgrades on Kangaroo Island. Scheduled through to 2023, improvements will include road re-sheeting and widening, as well as better drainage

Right direction: Road Safety Minister Pete Malinauskas and chair of the KI Road Safety Committee Rodney Bell, during the recent Country Cabinet visit to KI. Photo: Supplied.

Right direction: Road Safety Minister Pete Malinauskas and chair of the KI Road Safety Committee Rodney Bell, during the recent Country Cabinet visit to KI. Photo: Supplied.

The State Government will invest another $8 million to deliver important road upgrades on Kangaroo Island.

Upgrades to key roads, including Rowland Hill Highway, North Coast Road, Three Chain Road, Elsegood Road, Redbanks Road, Turkey Lane and Western River Road, will now be scheduled through to 2023.

Improvements will include road re-sheeting and widening, as well as better drainage.

The commitment to upgrade key unsealed roads on Kangaroo Island was first announced in 2011 to help the Kangaroo Island Council create a long-term sustainable management plan for the maintenance of roads on the island.

A further four years of funding was announced from 2015-16.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said, “This investment will help fund an additional four-year program of additional road resurfacing and rehabilitation works to improve the condition of Kangaroo Island’s unsealed road network.

“These important works will make Kangaroo Island roads safer for everyone who uses them, whether it is to commute, to transport goods or for tourists heading out to enjoy this wonderful part of South Australia.”

The State Government is committing to fund this program for a further four years, allowing works to be scheduled through to 2022-23.

This investment is in addition to the routine road maintenance on the sealed road network already being undertaken by the State Government which is committed to unlocking the economic development potential of Kangaroo Island and improving infrastructure which supports the island’s important tourism industry.

Agriculture and Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said, “I am continually lobbying for projects such as these upgrades to be undertaken to improve safety for everyone who drives and rides through this fantastic region.

“It’s very pleasing to see this important funding commitment extending for a further four years.”

Since 2011, approximately $12 million has been invested in upgrading 164 kilometres of the island’s unsealed roads.

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