Media response - Main Road intersection audit

Published on 21 April 2021

Response to The Advertiser.

  • Just confirming the motion for an audit of the intersections at Main Road, McLaren Vale [to Willunga] was passed? If so can you please also provide some comment on what this will mean for the community and why this is an important intersection to look into?

I can confirm last night’s motion was carried. See below some comments from our mayor regarding the decision.

Comments attributed to Mayor Erin Thompson

Like everyone in our community, we’ve been deeply saddened by the recent tragedies in McLaren Vale, and my heart goes out to the families, friends and loved ones who have been impacted.

Council is committed to improving safety for all users of our road network. Simply, there is no acceptable level of road trauma, and we all must play a part in reducing the prevalence of fatality and serious injury road crashes to zero.

We’ve recently held discussions with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) regarding potential road safety improvements at four-way road junctions throughout the McLaren Vale area.

Some roads are under the care, control and responsibility of state government, such as Main Road and Aldinga Road, so council seeks to work in collaboration with DIT towards the implementation of road safety measures, ensuring the best safety outcomes.

These measures may include short-term works, such as additional advanced warnings at intersections and clearing of sight lines, to more substantial longer-term works at the highest-risk locations, such as offsetting the side-road approaches at existing four-way junctions to remove the risk of motorists inadvertently failing to notice give way and stop signs.

These efforts won’t just consider intersections on DIT-controlled roads. There’s also a need to improve safety at council-controlled intersections along mid-block sections of road away from intersections, where other features may pose a risk to road safety.

Other recent council road safety improvements include the construction of shoulders on Cherry Gardens Road using federal Black Spot funding; the installation of a full-time wombat crossing at Park Avenue, Aberfoyle Park to improve safety for pedestrians; and a review of all intersections along California Road (Tatachilla and McLaren Vale) to ensure sufficient sight distances are available.

Road safety projects planned by council from 2021-22 onwards, include working with DIT to install guard rails near Main and Malpas Roads, McLaren Vale; realigning Piggott Range Road near Easton Road, Chandlers Hill, to create a smoother curve and reduce the risk of run-off road crashes; and upgrading traffic calming devices along Knox Drive, Woodcroft, using federal Roads to Recovery Program funding.

We all must work together towards achieving a rate of zero fatality and serious injury crashes on our roads.