The State Liberals have promised that an overpass at the Copper Coast Highway and Augusta Highway intersection is just the first instalment of a long-term plan to upgrade the road connections to the Yorke Peninsula and the Mid North.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will rectify 16 years of neglect of regional South Australia by a city-centric Labor Party,” said Shadow Minister for Transport David Pisoni.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will establish a Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund to ensure people living outside of Adelaide get their fair share of infrastructure investment from the State Government.
“A Liberal Government will deliver Royalties for Regions and secure the long-term funding base for our regional infrastructure.
“The $24.2 million single lane overpass to be constructed at the Copper Coast Highway and Augusta Highway intersection will be complemented by the re-routing of access roads at the intersection.
“The overpass will take the Copper Coast Highway over the Augusta Highway providing better access to Port Wakefield Road for people travelling south from Yorke Peninsula.
“The overpass will make the trip from the Yorke Peninsula safer and quicker for the many South Australians who enjoy escaping the city to enjoy the attractions of the region.
“Yorke Peninsula is a favourite holiday destination but is being held back by traffic bottlenecks at the junction of the Copper Coast Highway and the Augusta Highway.
“On holiday weekends traffic lines stretch for as long as 10 kilometres as 10,000 vehicles try to negotiate the intersection.
“For Yorke Peninsula locals the frustration at the delays and accidents at the intersection are an everyday fact of life.”
The promised investment from the Marshall Liberal Government will boost the local economy of Yorke Peninsula by attracting more visitors and improving the freight route to market for farmers’ produce.
The Copper Coast Highway and Augusta Highway intersection is so dangerous that locals call it ‘crash corner’ as a result of its history of accidents resulting in fatal or serious injury.