Minister Tony Piccolo
Minister for Road Safety
An upgrade to improve safety at one of South Australia’s busiest intersections has started.
Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo said that the North East Road and Sudholz Road intersection has a poor safety record.
“About 73,000 vehicles pass through the intersection every day,” Minister Piccolo said.
“Between 2007 and October 2014, there have been 73 casualty crashes and sadly one fatality at the intersection as well as 162 crashes that have led to property damage.
“The State Government has heard community concerns, particularly about access to the local area.
“We have consulted extensively about the design of the intersection and have made a number of changes to the original plan to improve local access whilst maintaining the safe and efficient flow of traffic at the intersection.”
The works, which started Tuesday, follows 18 months of extensive community engagement with local council, businesses, residents as well as seven community workshops.
The upgrade is a $7.7 million investment from the Motor Accident Commission Road Safety Fund and works expected to be completed by October 2015, subject to weather conditions.
Motor Accident Commission Road Safety General Manager Michael Cornish said investing in improvements at intersections with a significant crash history is a very good outcome for road safety.
“Eliminating a right turn crash is important because these crashes can be some of the most severe, leading to serious injuries with life-long consequences and also fatalities,” Mr Cornish said.
Mr Piccolo said that in an internal review by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure it was found that nearly 35 per cent of the casualty crashes at this intersection between 2007 and 2012 had involved drivers turning right out of Blacks Road onto North East Road.
“The State Government proposed scheme will eliminate the right turn movement at this location and hence removes a cause source of the crashes that have been experienced here,” he said.
“Major turn movements will now be provided through the upgrade of Blacks Road (south) and the provision of a further set of traffic signals on Sudholz Road.
“Following the consultation, minor changes have been made to cater for local resident access and further changes have been conducted to the proposed upgraded shopping centre.”
Newly elected Member for Torrens Dana Wortley said she has held a number of meetings with residents and had discussions with community representatives to hear their views.
“By working closely with the community and raising their feedback with the Minister and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, we have been able to address many local concerns, while delivering on an election commitment to improve this notorious intersection,” Ms Wortley said "Safety on our roads is of high importance."
For further information on the project please visit: www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/content/north_east_road_and_sudholz_road_safety_improvements
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