The Coorong District Council has secured significant funding to upgrade the safety of one of the regions key heavy vehicle transport routes.
Round 6 of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Scheme will see $532,000 put towards the $1.064 million upgrade to the Kulde Rd which connects Tailem Bend to the northern Mallee region.
The funding will be used to widen and improve the shoulders of approximately 15.5 kilometres of Kulde Road. It will ensure the stretch of road heading north east out of Tailem Bend meets current requirements for B-Double and larger trucks and will also support an anticipated increase in freight carried on the road.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said Kulde Road was recognised by all eight Councils of the Murraylands and Riverland Local Government Association (MRLGA) as a key connector within the region for predominantly grain movement.
“Works to improve Kulde Road have been earmarked for some time as a priority by the region, with upgrades supporting safety outcomes for our agriculture industry, local farming families and rural road users,” Mr Cammell says.
“Our Council had flagged the project within our short and long term business planning strategies, but it was always subject to gaining external funding, which we’re now pleased to have secured.”
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