In another big win for Wallaroo and the Yorke Peninsula region, the Federal and State Governments announced last week they have committed $90 million to an extensive overhaul of the motorway through Port Wakefield.
The project will create an overpass to avoid the Copper Coast Highway & Augusta Highway junction and create dual lanes through the Port Wakefield township to prevent congestion during peak public holiday traffic. A new roundabout will also be built at the intersection of Port Wakefield Road and Balaklava Road.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack announced the federal funding in Port Wakefield last week alongside local Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey.
“This project would reduce congestion, cut travel times, improve route reliability and boost safety around the Augusta and Copper Coast highways intersection,” he said on Thursday.
Mr McCormack said the project would still encourage people to stop at the famous bakery and other shops and fuel stops in Port Wakefield.
SA Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the design phase would begin immediately, and the project was expected to be completed in 2022.
The $885 million Northern Connector project currently nearing completion will also make Wallaroo and the Yorke Peninsula more accessible to Adelaide and other regional areas.