Wakefield Regional Council

Overpass overdue

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29 January 2018

Wakefield Regional Council welcomes the announcement by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall of a commitment to fund an upgrade of the Highway One intersection at the Augusta and Copper Coast Highways with an overpass.

Wakefield, along with theYorke Peninsula and Mid North councils, has been lobbying for the dangerous intersection to be upgraded for many years.

The Councils have also been lobbying for a dual lane carriageway from the end of the existing dual lane carriageway, through Port Wakefield to the intersection of the Augusta and Copper Coast Highways.

Mayor Rodney Reid said a combination of a dual lane carriageway through Port Wakefield and the intersection upgrade would bring many safety, freight, tourism and local benefits.

“Any member of the South Australian public travelling through Port Wakefield on a public holiday weekend will know just how frustrating the lengthy delays, sometimes lasting hours, can be,” Mayor Reid said.

“These delays are caused both at the intersection to the north of Port Wakefield, particularly for traffic coming from Yorke Peninsula, and also through Port Wakefield itself, which becomes a bottleneck for traffic heading to or from Adelaide.

“The Liberal announcement is most welcome and, if implemented, would be a step towards solving the overall problem.”

CEO Jason Kuchel said Council was also looking forward to seeing the outcome of the concept planning being undertaken by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to look at the road all the way through Port Wakefield to, and including, the Copper Coast and Augusta Highways intersection.

Mr Kuchel said the intersection overpass, along with other works along the highway, would mean there would be no need for a significantly more costly and detrimental bypass at Port Wakefield. A bypass would be unlikely to be funded by the State and Federal Governments anytime in the next three to five decades.

“From a safety perspective, it is vitally important that Port Wakefield remain a key rest stop location as the only town not bypassed between Adelaide and Port Augusta,” Mr Kuchel said.