Your View: Bypass Wakefield

DUAL lanes through Port Wakefield will never happen.

For a start, where will the land come from? We don’t need more Bandaid solutions. We’ve had the T-junction and the wire crash barrier, neither of which have solved the gridlock.

The only solution is a bypass to the east of the line of stobie poles (east of Benno’s Road) running due north from a point one kilometre north of the army proof range, meeting the Augusta Highway about 600 metres northeast from the T-junction.

The Copper Coast Highway would then be realigned using the road reserve south of the chicken farm (Matthews Road) and on a southbound overpass crossing the new Augusta Highway bypass. The north-bound access would come off the new bypass. Those who need a Chiko roll could exit from the realigned Copper Coast Highway. Better still, offer the business owners a suitable site on a slip road to re-establish their businesses.

Why should all travellers, especially truckies, be inconvenienced by a small number of traders who service a tiny fraction of the traffic? I was stuck in a conga line of at least 1000 cars from 12.45pm to 1.25pm on Good Friday. There were no trucks — they knew what to expect.

Coles had about 10 cars on its driveway and about the same number on the road. BP had about 20, and another five or so under the trees, which equals about five per cent of the traffic stopped. So, 95 per cent of traffic was impeded by this ludicrous situation. In 2007, Peter Costello promised  $120million to fix the roads from Wakefield to Port Augusta, including a bypass. It never happened. It’s time federal politicians Rowan Ramsay and Nick Champion, and state Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll, put forward a joint proposal to make it happen.

Geoff Phillips, Fullarton and Myponie Point

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