Alexandrina Council push for more road lanes to the region

TIME FOR ACTION: Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes calls for more support for better roads to the Fleurieu Peninsula.

TIME FOR ACTION: Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes calls for more support for better roads to the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Like all councils on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Alexandrina Council has welcomed the $96 million promised by state and federal governments to duplicate the Victor Harbor Road to McLaren Vale.

Mayor Keith Parkes said it was exciting for the Fleurieu and acknowledged and thanked the Australian and South Australian Governments for their commitment. But the council has also written a letter to the State Government for more road widening, overtaking lanes and extension of existing dual carriageway roads in the Alexandrina region, which are "needed now".

"We have specifically written to the State Government, based on a council resolution, about the state of the Mount Compass to Goolwa Road," Mr Parkes said.

"We will continue to work with government partners and key stakeholders to improve the safety and efficiency of our roads. In order to maintain Alexandrina's 1348 kms of sealed and unsealed roads, continuation of Supplementary Local Roads Grant funding beyond 2022 is critical."

"While we are most pleased with the recent announcements, it would be beneficial to commuters and visitors to the region alike, that further stages are planned to extend the four lanes from the top of Willunga Hill, onwards to Mount Compass.

"Concern has been raised by councillors and community about the conditions they are finding as they commute daily and as population and visitation increases, it just makes good common sense to extend this section of road.

"To appropriately plan and manage for the likelihood of increased traffic volumes, Alexandrina Council urges our political parties and candidates to build on the 2019 Federal Budget commitment for duplication of the Victor Harbor Road with future extensions past McLaren Vale to upgrade roads beyond this point such as through to Mount Compass, on to Goolwa, to Port Elliot and to Victor Harbor."

Alexandrina Council also seeks consideration of parties and candidates for investment in constructing a bypass behind Middleton from the intersection of Airport Road and Flagstaff Hill Road to Waterport Road to build on the South Coast Freight Corridor.

Mr Parkes said the Alexandrina region is a preferred location for new residents with population growth above 1.3 per cent, as well as the Fleurieu Peninsula being the most visited day trip destination outside Adelaide.

"It is imperative that both residents and visitors can trust the roads that lead them to and from Alexandrina."