Springton residents are set to benefit from a $1.6 million acceleration of road and footpath infrastructure works.
Eleven high-priority roads are being sealed under the project, which is jointly funded by The Barossa Council and the State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership (SLGIP) program.
It fulfils a longstanding Council commitment to upgrade Springton roads to meet community expectations and address safety and stormwater concerns.
The investment in Springton is part of the $3.2 Better Barossa Connection Project to upgrade roads and footpaths across the region.
Mayor Bob Sloane said Springton’s largely unsealed local road network had created safety and lifestyle concerns for local residents.
“This project will improve amenity and liveability in this community and enhance Springton’s status as an attractive semi-rural location,” Mayor Sloane said.
“It will also increase safety, provide vital pedestrian links and improve connectivity in and around the town, something local residents have been campaigning for over many years.”
Deputy Mayor Bim Lange said the project would “make good” on the pledge by the late Brian Hurn during his tenure as Mayor.
“This is a big win for the residents of Springton and shows that people power can, and does, have an impact,” Cr Lange said.
The first stage of works has commenced in Mildres Street, Charles Street, MacDonnell Terrace and Edward Street, with Gilbert Street, Johannes Street, Graetz Terrace, Eckerts Street, Miller Street, William Street and Rose Street to follow over the next 18 months.
The scope of works includes road sealing and widening, kerbing, guttering and stormwater improvements.
The project is expected to create short-term employment opportunities by using local contractors, encourage in-fill development in Springton and stimulate further growth in the township.