Dukes Highway receives more audible strips

Dukes Highway in South Australia receives further 52km of road widening and audible strips between Yumali and Bordertown

July 9, 2013

The Dukes Highway in South Australia has received a further 52km of road widening and audible strips between Yumali and Bordertown to prevent crashes.

The latest round of works brings to 85km the length of the highway to receive audible strips, and Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says a further 5km will be added over the coming months between Tintinara and Bordertown.

Albanese says audible strips alert inattentive drivers if they drift from their land and can reduce crashes by as much as 14 percent.

"We are also installing 86km of safety barriers along the highway to separate vehicles and help prevent head-on collisions," he says.

The Federal Government has committed $80 million to the Dukes Highway safety upgrades, with $20 million coming from South Australia.

"Other elements to our safety program have included the removal of roadside hazards, construction of seven new rest areas, upgrades of ten existing rest areas, and provision of eleven new and extended overtaking lanes," South Australia Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien sys.

The Dukes Highway, and many of the towns along it, was originally established in the 1850s as a route for the transportation of gold from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide.

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