Safer roads a priority

Barossa Council will inject nearly $700,000 in grant funds to upgrade local roads that have been earmarked as “black spots”.

Balmoral Road at Cockatoo Valley is set to receive a raft of safety improvements including an upgrade at the intersection of Williamstown Road. This includes the removal of a sizeable tree, lighting, sealed approach strips and alignment improvements.

Other works along Balmoral Road include possible shoulder sealing, installation of guard fences, line marking, new signage and vegetation removal or trimming.

The works are collectively worth $382,900 and are funded by the Motor Accident Commission.

Council has received a further $291,000 of Federal Government Black Spot Funding to further upgrade the intersection of Vine Vale Road and Light Pass Road at Vine Vale.

The funding will be used to improve visibility on the approach to the intersection, reducing the likelihood of drivers failing to stop.

Mayor Bob Sloane believes the community will welcome the measures, which will improve safety for all road users, including at-risk drivers.

“While ultimately every road user has a responsibility to drive defensively and to the conditions, physical treatments are an important factor in reducing the risk of casualty crashes,” he said.

“In this case Council was persistent in its efforts to secure grant funding, recognising that our community puts a strong emphasis on road safety.”