Mayors push for improved roads on the Fleurieu Peninsula

ACTION NEEDED: Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes is hopeful road projects in the region will be completed to cater for the increased traffic this holiday season.
ACTION NEEDED: Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes is hopeful road projects in the region will be completed to cater for the increased traffic this holiday season.

Improved infrastructure on Fleurieu roads is a priority, as the summer holiday season fast approaches.

However, this will not happen for the 2019/20 season. An overtaking lane on the Victor Harbor to Mount Compass Road was announced during the State Budget in 2019. It will be located between the 80 kilometre per hour zone approaching the roundabout adjacent to the Urimbirra Wildlife Park and the intersection of Crows Nest Road.

The approximate cost for the overtaking lane is in excess of $2.5 million and according to the Member of Finniss David Basham, there was no word yet on the precise location, cost, length or when construction will begin and finish.

The road is deemed by the RAA as one of the "most dangerous roads" in the state and City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins agrees.

"Victor Harbor is becoming busier and more motorists are using the road. It is important an overtaking lane occurs. Safety is the number one priority and this overtaking lane needs to happen," Dr Jenkins said.

"In the meantime, drivers need to be patient and careful on the road. Council looks forward to working with State and Federal Governments to ensure our roads are as safe as possible."

Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes said council has received acknowledgement from Transport Minister, Stephan Knoll that something needs to be done on the Goolwa/Mount Compass Road and Long Valley Road, between Wistow and Strathalbyn.

"Money has been allocated for these projects and as far as I know, traffic studies are close to complete. The Long Valley Road project is a joint State and Federal project," Mr Parkes said.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie continues to advocate with the Government at a Federal level on the need for an overtaking lane or a duplication of the road between Victor Harbor and Mount Compass.

"Improved road infrastructure on Fleurieu roads is a priority, as the summer holiday season fast approaches," Ms Sharkie said.

URGENT: Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie advocates for more funding for roads on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

URGENT: Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie advocates for more funding for roads on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Ms Sharkie addressed the need for improved road infrastructure on the Fleurieu Peninsula in Federal Parliament this year. "Sadly, Mayo roads are over-represented in South Australia's road crash statistics," Ms Sharkie said.

"I've long campaigned for the duplication of the Victor Harbor Road and the federal government's announcement of $73 million to complete the duplication of the South Road to McLaren Vale was welcomed.

"However, work on this road is really needed at the other end and what has been promised won't start until 2022 and isn't expected to be finished until 2027.

"It doesn't address the real problem and that's the lack of overtaking lanes at the other end of Victor Harbor, a windy, incredibly busy highway."

Ms Sharkie said the Victor Harbor and Goolwa region was one of the fastest growing areas in South Australia.

"When I'm home, I drive down the Victor Harbor Road several times a week and I know how dangerous it has become. RAA statistics show that 43 people were killed or seriously injured on a 48-kilometre stretch of Victor Harbor Road between 2012 and 2016, making it a high priority for the RAA," Ms Sharkie said.

"Victor Harbor Road is a high priority for me and I will continue to advocate to all levels of government to make the Mount Compass to Victor Harbor section of the road safer."

"We need urgent funding for more overtaking lanes and for as long as I'm in this place, I'll be working hard to deliver that.

"The State Government has promised to build an overtaking lane between Crows Nest Road intersection and the roundabout near the wildlife park, but we need to do more and we need to do this quickly. It is the most visited day-trip destination outside the metropolitan area."

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