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Ramsey repeats call for road upgrade.

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Rowan Ramsey, MP  Federal Member for Grey 


Monday, July 05, 2010

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has continues to fight for road upgrades and recently met with transport officials to push for road upgrades in Grey.

Mr Ramsey met with Transport SA officials including regional manager Peter Short and a representative of State Transport Minister Patrick Conlon and stressed the poor condition of Arthurton/Maitland/Minlaton Road and its need for a major upgrade.

Mr Ramsey said the road is not wide enough for trucks to travel safely and the undulations make the surface dangerous. “This is a major arterial road and its condition is a disgrace,” Mr Ramsey said. “It needs some serious rebuilding and resurfacing.”

Transport SA indicated after concerns expressed by Mr Ramsey and State Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths, the road will be looked at again with a view to reassessing its priority.

“There are regional roads all over the Grey electorate from Oodnadatta to Marion Bay which need urgent attention, but I have repeatedly said I believe the Maitland to Minlaton road to be one of the worst,” Mr Ramsey said.

“The road is almost unusable as a freight route and while the State Government has received assistance from the Federal Government for major roads in the metropolitan area including the Northern Expressway, elevated roadway on South Road and the extension of the O-Bahn, there is precious little for regional South Australia.

“The future economic growth in the State will be driven by the regional wealth, Urgent attention must be given to the assets which service local industries.”