Balmoral Road upgrade to commence

A significant project to improve road safety on Balmoral Road, Cockatoo Valley is set to next week (15 May, 2017)

The $500,000 project, jointly funded by The Barossa Council and Motor Accident Commission (MAC), seeks to improve safety for motorists on this high volume traffic route.

The project, which is set to significantly improve sight distance for motorists at the Balmoral Road/Williamstown Road intersection, will necessitate the removal of two large trees. The project will also improve vehicle manoeuvrability around two notorious corners, including construction of a safe right turn harbour into Goldfields Road.

Mayor Bob Sloane said the project will commence with the removal of the two trees but assures the public that Council have been liaising with residents for some time about the upgrades and the scope of work required, including the tree removal.

“Council acknowledges the two large trees and current road design deficiencies present a significant road safety risk and improvements to road safety can only be fully realised by the removal of the trees,” said Mayor Sloane.

“Council highly values native vegetation as an asset to the environment and community.

“While the improved road design requires the removal of two trees, we have been working closely with the Native Vegetation Council to ensure the impact of native vegetation removal will be eased by plans to plant significant new tree offsets in the region.

“We are confident that the new road design, and the removal of the two large gum trees, will create a much safer passageway for all users.”

While the road will remain open to motorists throughout the duration of the safety upgrade, motorists should expect some delaysduring the hours of 7am and 5pm and are urged to drive according to the conditions.