Media response - Old Coach Road reconstruction, Aldinga
Published on 14 May 2020
Response to Aldinga Bay's Coastal Views.
We're looking to publish an article on the list of road reconstructions within the City of Onkaparinga sent to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Deputy Prime, Minister Michael McCormack. As part of the article we are seeking a quote from Mayor Erin Thompson on the potential benefits from the “Old Coach Road, Aldinga- Road reconstruction” item. As our readership is primarily based in the Aldinga area it would be preferable that any quote is focused on this specific project.
Comments attributed to Mayor Erin Thompson
Old Coach Road, between Township Lane and Iverene Road, Aldinga, was identified for reconstruction and upgrade because the road pavement has suffered from significant reactive soil movement, leading to undulations, failures and water pooling.
The administration has submitted an application to the Local Government Transport Advisory Panel’s (LGTAP) Special Local Roads Program (SLRP) seeking a 50% contribution towards the $1.8M project. The works are recommended to include the widening of traffic lanes and sealing of the road shoulders to better cater for increased traffic in the area now and into the future. The project has been recommended to Council for inclusion in the draft 2020-21 Budget and Annual Business Plan for community consultation. Should Council endorse the draft budget, construction is expected to commence by August 2020.
As well as being a rural distributor road, Old Coach Road is a metropolitan bus route and is used by an increasing number of commuters, heavy vehicles and cyclists. The benefits of this project include improved safety; managed stormwater runoff; formalised bus stops; and an improvement in the overall amenity for residents and road users.
I’d like to thank the residents that provided feedback about the project last year, and I look forward to positive changes the upgrade will bring to Aldinga’s strong vibrant community.