Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP is very pleased the decision to construct a roundabout at the junction of the Yorke and Copper Coast highways has finally been announced.
"I have already contacted Minister Mullighan thanking him for this investment which I feel sure will help alleviate the long standing, and dangerous, traffic gridlock experienced at this corner during peak holiday periods.
"I say 'help alleviate' deliberately, as this work is just a part of the solution to this traffic issue as significant investment still needs to occur at the junction of the Copper Coast Highway and Highway One just north of Port Wakefield."
Mr. Griffiths reminisced that the traffic flow problems to Yorke Peninsula in and around Port Wakefield, especially on long weekends, featured in his maiden speech in Parliament on 3 May 2006.
"Indeed, the first question I asked on the first day of the new Parliament after I was elected in 2006, way back on 27 April 2006, was to then Minister for Transport the Hon. Patrick Conlon about what action the government was proposing to improve this section of road.
"To say I will be very pleased to see this work commence is an understatement, and I'm sure it will be very welcomed by the many constituents and holidaymakers who have contacted me about this traffic issue throughout my 10 years as the local member."
He said the number of accidents at this corner, which sadly includes three fatalities in 2015, emphasized a dire need for action to address the safety of this corner, and importantly, the roundabout is designed to accommodate PBS Level 3A vehicles (B Double trucks) and will include upgrades to the truck rest area at Federation Corner.
Mr. Griffiths now awaits further details of the scheduling of the works.
In his correspondence to Minister Mullighan acknowledging the infrastructure investment in Goyder, Mr. Griffiths asked that consideration be given, in the interests of safety and the local tourism industry, to the timing of works so as to avoid peak times such as the January long weekend and Easter where possible, and to ensure appropriate management plans are in place for minimal disruption.