Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Our View (11-4-2017): Traffic management

AFTER years of requests, the government is finally acknowledging there needs to be a traffic management solution for Port Wakefield.

Maybe it is the result of politicians actually leaving Adelaide and driving through the town.

By doing this, they would have realised how dangerous it is with trucks, cars and pedestrians coming and going from the various service stations and eateries.

It is one piece of road where the 50km/h speed limit needs to be adhered to and, in fact, motorists often need to travel slower.

However, no one wants to sit in the crawl which is sure to eventuate through the town this Easter long weekend.

As mentioned by local business owners, traffic puts a dampener on any holiday.

Despite the great time everyone is sure to have on Yorkes this weekend, their memories will be tarnished if they get stuck in traffic for hours on the way home.

The government has committed $150,000 towards a traffic management study and said there needs to be short-term fixes as well as an overall long-term solution.

Yet it is proceeding with its single-lane roundabout at the junction of the Copper Coast and Yorke Highways despite adverse advice from locals.

This doesn’t make sense to me, shouldn’t that be part of the overall fix?

Local council mayors and CEOs have repeatedly told the transport minister the roundabout needs to be dual lane. However, he said there is no more money to spend on the roundabout because it is a solution for a traffic problem which only happens a few times a year.

Wrong. As well as the known fatalities, there have been many accidents and near misses at the intersection at all times during the year. Most drivers hold their breath as they pass the intersection, relying on other vehicles to slow down and give way.

The government said it doesn’t have any extra money to make it dual lane but some have estimated it would only be a few hundred thousand dollars more.

Let’s hope there’s no cutting corners with the rest of the Port Wakefield traffic management fix.

Amie Price, Editor

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