Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie calls for upgrade of Victor Harbor Road

BUMPER TO BUMPER: Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie at the busy road heading to Victor Harbor with traffic at its usual crawl. Ms Sharkie will not give up the fight for an upgrade on the roads on the Fleurieu.
BUMPER TO BUMPER: Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie at the busy road heading to Victor Harbor with traffic at its usual crawl. Ms Sharkie will not give up the fight for an upgrade on the roads on the Fleurieu.

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has renewed her call for the State Government to upgrade the Victor Harbor Road between Mount Compass and the popular seaside destination.

Ms Sharkie saw first hand at Easter how the long weekend commuter traffic banked up and said the State Government needed to at least investigate the building of more passing lanes until a full duplication could be costed and planned.

"You only have to look at this section of this high-traffic road to see how easily a bottleneck develops at peak times," Ms Sharkie said.

"The Federal Government's funding to complete the duplication of South Road to McLaren Vale is welcome, but it doesn't address the real problem we have in this section of the Victor Harbor Road.

"Further, we've since learned that the South Road to McLaren Vale project won't start until late 2022 and isn't expected to be completed until 2026/27. Senate Estimates revealed that the Federal Government's first contribution of $13.6 million is not scheduled until the 2022/23 financial year.

"I am always wary of promises made years down the track and I am mindful that something needs to happen sooner rather than later on the Mount Compass to Victor Harbor section."

Ms Sharkie first began advocating for the duplication of the Victor Harbor Road after winning office in 2016.

She has met with Federal and State Transport Ministers, but the message from the Commonwealth was that the State Government needed to do a scoping study.

"At this stage, we don't even have commitments to do minor upgrades along this section between Mount Compass and Victor Harbor, including passing lanes, which is disappointing," Ms Sharkie said.

"But I won't give up. I will continue to advocate with all levels of government to make the Mount Compass to Victor Harbor Road safer."

The upgrading of Victor Harbor Road has been a long-term priority for the RAA who consider this stretch of highway to be "one of the most dangerous in South Australia".

Ms Sharkie has support in her campaign to upgrade the Victor Harbor Road by SA-BEST colleague Frank Pangallo MLC. Mr Pangello said the duplication was a key election commitment for SA-Best and would continue to advocate for the project to be undertaken in the near term.

"RAA statistics show that 43 people were killed or seriously injured on a 48 kilometre stretch of the Adelaide to Victor Harbor Road between 2012 and 2016, almost one fatality for every one kilometre. That's an appalling statistic and a tragic indictment on the condition of the road," he said.

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