Apr 16, 2009

Planning to start on intersection upgrade

Planning to start on intersection upgrade

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 16 2009

Detailed planning for the $12 million upgrade to the intersection of Main South and Victor Harbor roads will start this month, following the Rudd Labor Government’s decision to bring forward funding as part of its Nation Building package.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and South Australian Minister for Transport, Pat Conlon said by doing the planning now construction work will be able to get underway in early 2010.

“We are moving quickly to deliver on our election commitment to upgrade the intersection of Main South and Victor Harbor roads,” said Mr Albanese.

“Through projects like this one, we are tackling the escalating economic cost of urban congestion, which in the case of Adelaide amounts to some $600 million a year.

“In fact, right across the country our Nation Building plans are putting Australians to work building the infrastructure vital to our long term economic prosperity.”

SA Minister for Transport Patrick Conlon said the project would widen the approaches to the intersection, install traffic lights and upgrade the nearby intersection of Seaford and Main South roads.

“I look forward to the benefits this project will bring to the thousands of motorists that use this intersection everyday to get to and from work – for them it will mean less time stuck in traffic,” said Mr Conlon.

“It will also improve traveling times across the Fleurieu Peninsula, one of the State’s most prosperous farming areas as well as being home to the McLaren Vale wine region and prime holiday destinations at Victor Harbor.

“Importantly, the upgrade will ensure that this vital piece of Adelaide’s road network is able to carry the expected growth in traffic over coming years.”

The Federal Government has committed $3.5 million towards the upgrade, with the South Australian Government providing $8.5 million.