The Australian Conservatives have raised concerns about the state’s backlog of road infrastructure work, saying motorists along the Eyre Peninsula will have to wait decades for scheduled maintenance.
The Whyalla News reports FOI documents obtained by the Australian Conservatives show that some maintenance on large sections of the Lincoln Highway, the Eyre Highway and the Port Pirie to Port Broughton Road is not scheduled until 2032.
Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire said he had received confirmation from Road Safety Minister Chris Picton that the cost of this maintenance was in the billions.
“This shows that Labor has abandoned road maintenance, the backlog of which was estimated around $160m back in 2004,” he said.
“Ignoring road maintenance causes it to accumulate and puts all road user’s lives at risk.”
The maintenance includes upgrades such as shoulder sealing, removing trees and ensuring the surface of the roads are in good repair for motorists.
Mr Brokenshire, who lives in the region, said the roads were not up to standard.
“The reality is that if we don’t fast-track some of this by 2032 we’ll have $3 billion worth of backlog,” he said.
“Money must be committed to fix the problem. There needs to be a proper budget and plan put in place for these upgrades and repairs because roads are an integral part of people’s lives.”
“Infrastructure upgrades such as shoulder sealing, removing trees and other hazards should not be on the too hard list for any government.”