Adelaide Road is becoming a hot spot for traffic and the City of Victor Harbor is liaising with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to make it safer for road users and pedestrians.
At its January council meeting, elected members voted for council to advise DPTI to consider the placement of an underpass or a pedestrian crossing at Adelaide Road.
Encounter Lutheran College, Aldi and a retirement facility all intersect at the increasingly busy site.
Initially council wished to advise DPTI to consider the placement of a pedestrian actuated crossing in the planned location, but councillor Tim Glazbrook pushed for the underpass.
“Why not ask DPTI to consider an underpass. We need to stick up for our community and it will be safer. I think we should go for the ultimate,” Cr Glazbrook said.
Manager of infrastructure at the City of Victor Harbor Glenn Sanford said the cost was the major obstacle in the way of seeing the project come to fruition.
“A pedestrian actuated crossing would cost approximately $250,000, a refuge between $40,000 to $50,000 and the underpass would be greater than $500,000. It is a significant cost and would be difficult to achieve,” Mr Sanford said.
Why not ask DPTI to consider an underpass. We need to stick up for our community and it will be saferCr Tim Glazbrook
“DPTI had designs for just a refuge and we want to go a step up from that, which is why we proposed for a pedestrian actuated crossing.”
ALDI will be placing a footpath along their business frontage on Adelaide Road and a Pedestrian Refuge near the ALDI car park area, which is already approved.
DPTI has advised council they will be constructing turning/slip lanes at the Adelaide Road/Agnes Gillespie Drive junction during March 2018.
DPTI will also be undertaking the ALDI car park access and egress points located off Adelaide Road, including the stormwater works in conjunction with their own planned works.
Council has planned to receive $155,000 from ALDI that would go towards its infrastructure improvements related to the project.