Consultation begins on $32-million Lower Eyre road upgrades

ROAD UPGRADES: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar will help identify areas of the road network in need of upgrades and of most concern to locals.

ROAD UPGRADES: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar will help identify areas of the road network in need of upgrades and of most concern to locals.

Progress is being made on planning for $32-million worth of Lower Eyre Peninsula road upgrades in response to the end of rail freight, with the initial Corridor Analysis nearly completed.

Since the funding was announced, the South Australian government has consulted with local councils and the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association to gain information for the stage one analysis of the local road network.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is now finalising the network assessment to identify areas for road improvements.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said the assessment enabled the department to be better informed for consultation with key stakeholders such as local government and industry.

"DPTI is intending to commence further consultation with councils and the LGA by late August," he said.

"As a result of the consultation, a jointly developed scope of works will be identified to address the deficiencies and opportunities within the available budgets."

Mr Treloar said he would also have input on specific areas of the Lower Eyre road network that were of particular concern to his constituents, along with their ideas for improvements.

LGA president and Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said he was in regular contact with the Transport Minister and people could "rest assured" the upgrades were not being "held up" at the local level.

"It's key that the community knows the works program and there's the opportunity for appropriate local input into the scope and priority of the works," he said.

The South Australian Freight Council raised concerns earlier this month that the funding would not be available until 2022-23 and called for it to be deployed sooner.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said at the time the state government had had "very productive discussions" with the federal government about bringing some of the funding forward to upgrade the roads sooner.