Salt Creek gets new rest stop

NEW STOP: A new heavy vehicle stop will be built at Salt Creek. Picture: FILE

A NEW heavy vehicle rest area will be built at Salt Creek along the Princes Highway as part of this year’s state budget announcements.

The state government has announced $3.8 million over three years for the construction of the rest area to help heavy vehicle drivers manage fatigue and improve road safety whilst commuting on South Australian roads.

This rest area will be funded with the federal government on an 80:20 basis.

Member for MacKillop Nick McBride welcomed the funding and said he understood motorists would be pleased with the new rest stop on the long journey between Meningie and Kingston SE.

The funding was announced as part of the state government’s $80.1m for road safety across the entire state.

The state government also announced $38.7m over four years for an additional 30 cameras across South Australia as well as 12 additional red light speed cameras and three additional point-to-point cameras – all expected to be installed before 2026.

There were five key locations identified – all within metropolitan areas.

There was $25m over three years announced alongside the funding to deliver road safety maintenance such as road resurfacing, replacement of safety barriers and audio tactile line marking.

The maintenance of electrical assets including traffic signals was also included.

According to the state government, all revenue from speed cameras and mobile phone detection cameras is returned to the Community Road Safety Fund which allocates money towards safety initiatives such as policing, infrastructure projects, black spots, education and training programs.

It also includes road safety campaigns, road safety community grants and bike education in schools.