4WDs return to outback roads

Updated April 29 2022 - 1:48am, first published 12:35am
INUNDATED: Dulkaninna Station received 33mm during the long weekend downpour, with roads to the property closed due to flooding. Photo: DAVID BELL

MOTORISTS are being urged to drive with caution in the state's far north, after a number of unsealed roads were reopened to four-wheel drive vehicles yesterday.

Following inspections, maintenance teams declared Kempe Road (Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta), William Creek Road (Coober Pedy to William Creek), and sections of the Oodnadatta Track open for four-wheel drives after they were closed over the long weekend due to heavy rain.

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With further rain expected across the state over the weekend, it is also likely some other roads may take longer to reopen or may close at short notice.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis urged drivers to use caution on these roads, particularly at soft sections, where water is ponded over the road or where wheel rutting has occurred.

"Crews have been working hard to assess and re-open outback roads as quickly as possible, being mindful to ensure the safety of all road users and maintenance crews, and limit any further damage to the road surface," he said.

"We're continuing to monitor the unsealed road network closely and are progressively opening roads to all vehicles as conditions improve."

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Road users should check the local weather conditions, and the latest road closures and warnings, prior to travel.

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