The State Government will upgrade the intersection of Crozier Road and Torrens Street in the 2019/20 financial year. But one City of Victor Harbor councillor has concerns.
“These are my personal opinions and not necessarily those of the City of Victor Harbor, but I am concerned that this project has taken so long to happen. It clearly should have been done years ago,” Cr Marshall said.
Cr Marshall had been corresponding with the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephan Knoll and was advised construction of the upgrade would occur in the 2019/20 financial year.
“I am pleased to advise that the State Government will be upgrading the intersection of Crozier Road and Torrens Street in Victor Harbor. It is anticipated that survey, planning and design works will occur during 2018/19, with construction targeted for the 2019/20 financial year,” Mr Knoll said.
Although Cr Marshall is pleased the upgrade will happen, he believes it should be prioritised over other infrastructure projects such as Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct, which will start in 2019.
“I still shake my head at why the Ocean Street works must take precedence over a significant and urgent road safety issue,” he said.
“Every day that the Torrens/Crozier intersection upgrade is on the back burner is another day that we could potentially see someone seriously injured, or even killed in a major accident. There is also of course the frustration caused to day to day users, residents, visitors and businesses as well.”
Cr Marshall said at least survey work and design has commenced at the intersection. “Our task now is to be vigilant to make sure there are as few delays as possible,” he said.
Member for Finniss David Basham supported council in its quest to construct the roundabout. “The Government is committed to providing $1 million for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Torrens Street and Crozier Road, as per our promise during the state election,” Mr Basham said.
Expected construction cost is $940,000.