Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Eyre Peninsula Overtaking Lanes

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().15 June 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries):

The Minister for Regional Roads has advised that the Australian and South Australian governments have jointly committed $51.25 million (80:20) through the Roads of Strategic Importance Program for the upgrade of roads on the Eyre Peninsula.

The funding was split across a number of priority projects including overtaking lanes, intersection improvements, shoulder sealing and pavement works. The overtaking lane works included the construction of a total of four overtaking lanes—two on Lincoln Highway (between Tumby Bay and Louth Bay), one on Flinders Highway and one on Western Approach Road, and planning work for an overtaking lane for Tod Highway.

The roads have been subject to traffic restrictions at different times to allow for repair works due to issues with the bituminous surface following adverse weather conditions.

The contractor is responsible for the completion of all works.

In July 2023, an apology was issued by the contractor to the community, which appeared in the Port Lincoln Times and Eyre Peninsula Advocate (attachment 1).

Attachment 1: Reproduction of Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance, apology. 13 July 2023.


Recent adverse weather conditions on the Lower Eyre Peninsula have impacted the road surfaces of the overtaking lanes on Flinders Highway and Western Approach Road. We acknowledge the community's frustration, particularly regarding the multiple remediation works undertaken, and assure everyone that we are working to fix this as soon as practically possible.

On behalf of the PW2PA Alliance, we sincerely apologise for the poor road surface and resulting frustrations caused by our ongoing work.

Fixing the surface and ensuring the highest standard of work is our priority. The road surface condition will be continuously monitored and planned to keep all lanes safely open as far as possible in the areas of intermittent works.

Works are currently underway and will be ongoing until the weather enables completion of the surface remediation.

We thank everyone for their ongoing patience and understanding as we work towards providing safer and more reliable road infrastructure.


Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance (PW2PA Alliance)Phone: 1300 161 407

Email: enquiries@pw2pa.com.au