A promise made by Member for Finniss David Basham at the state election in March 2018 is coming to fruition, as he gains support from Ministerial colleagues in the state government.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure Stephan Knoll visited Victor Harbor on October 10 and with Mr Basham looked at the intersection at Crozier Road and Torrens Street.
Mr Knoll confirmed his support for a solution to the intersection and said the funds for a roundabout have been budgeted. The Crozier Road/Torrens Street intersection has played host to many collisions and near major accidents over the years.
“We have been committed to this project and will see it through. It will definitely happen, but whether it is this financial year or the next, it is uncertain,” Mr Knoll said.
Mr Knoll and Mr Basham said it was pleasing that council was undertaking and commenced the design work and that $940,000 has been budgeted for the project by the state government.
“Being here first hand to see the intersection gives you a better understanding of the problems associated with the intersection and the reason to act. There is an issue with vehicles getting onto the main road (Torrens Street) and this needs to be addressed. There needs to be an even flow of traffic,” Mr Knoll said.
“Post budget I have been getting out to the regions and connect with what is going on. It is interesting looking at infrastructure constraints within a growing coastal community.”
Mr Basham said it was the City of Victor Harbor that first flagged the issue.
“So to reduce the risk, the State Liberals committed to installing a roundabout at the location if elected. The intersection is challenging for drivers to navigate and a high accident zone,” Mr Basham said.
“It is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians attempting to cross the busy streets, with visibility also limited by cars parked on the road shoulder.”
Mr Basham said traffic flow through this junction was made even more difficult during peak holiday periods, when thousands of visitors travel to the region, many of whom are unfamiliar with local roads.