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.
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.
To read the Australian Conservatives “Investing in Rural and Regional South Australia” policy document, click here.