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South Australian road and rail projects will receive a $1.8 billion allocation in Tuesday's federal budget, but the state opposition has cast doubt over the commitment.
Of the funding, $220 million will go towards finishing the Gawler rail electrification project and $160 million will be used to duplicate Port Augusta's Joy Baluch Bridge - an improvement to the national freight network.
The remainder has been allocated to the South Rd upgrade, with the government specifying $177 million will fund work on the Pym St to Regency Rd section and the rest classed as early-stage funding for future sections.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said on Monday the budget allocation was "fantastic news" for the state.
"The federal government is showing its commitment to South Australia and this is what happens when a mature state government works together with the federal government," he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
But Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said the details of the funding had not yet been revealed, and may not be included in Tuesday's budget.
"If the money is in the budget tomorrow night, I'll be the first to applaud it," he told reporters on Monday.
"But if the money isn't actually in there, or in the forward estimates, then we'll know that Steven Marshall and his Liberal mates have been sold a pup, and that would be a bad result for South Australia."
Several parts of South Rd, which stretches from Adelaide's north to its south, have already been upgraded as part of a Coalition promise to complete the work within a decade.
It is likely the next section to be funded will be Anzac Hwy to Torrens Rd, pending a detailed business case from the state government.
The South Rd and Gawler rail projects will be funded 50-50 by the state and federal governments, while the federal government will pay for 80 per cent of the bridge project.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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