The Marshall Liberal Government has revealed that Tuesday’s State Budget will include $15 million to fund solutions to combat rock throwing along the Southern Expressway.
The funding will provide for permanent safety throw screens on 10 bridges along the Southern Expressway, upgrade 12 security cameras and improved fencing to limit access to rocks.
The installation of the permanent throw screens will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is investing in permanent infrastructure solutions to help prevent the idiotic behaviour of rock throwing along the Southern Expressway,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“Rock throwing along the Southern Expressway was a longstanding issue and another mess that Labor left us to clean up – and we’re doing just that.
“We’ve had to start from scratch to design, build and now install these permanent throw screens because Labor didn’t lift a finger while they were in government.
“Upon coming to Government we moved quickly to deliver a number of measures to help prevent this disgusting behaviour that puts South Australians at risk.
“We quickly provisioned the upgrading of CCTV cameras, the installation of mesh over loose rock and installed temporary throw screens on the bridges over the expressway.
“The whole way through we said we would deliver permanent throw screens and that’s what we’re doing.
“It’s clear our measures have been very effective to date in reducing the incidents of rock throwing.
“SAPOL’s Operation Watercolour has also been very successful in helping to reduce the number of rock throwing incidents and I commend their great work.
“The safety of South Australians is the Marshall Government’s absolute priority and that’s why we’re investing in these long term solutions.”