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McLaren Vale overpass now complete



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Don Farrell Senator for South Australia

John Rau

Acting SA Transport and Infrastructure Minister

Joint Media Statement

MCLAREN VALE OVERPASS NOW COMPLETE

Major construction works for the McLaren Vale Overpass have now been completed, providing a safer and more efficient route for the 28,000 motorists and truck drivers who travel through the junction each day.

Senator for South Australia Don Farrell said the $18 million overpass has been completed on time and on budget and will form a gateway into the McLaren Vale region.

“A number of motorists started to take advantage of the safer junction since it opened to traffic in late December,” Mr Farrell said.

"It is exciting to see this project now complete and being used to access SA's internationally recognised vineyards, wineries, restaurants and produce.

“It has also been completed in time for the Santos Tour Down Under with McLaren Vale expected to be a hive of activity next weekend for the Stage 5 Skoda King of the Mountain race.”

South Australian Acting Minister for Transport John Rau said the impressive piece of infrastructure will be dedicated to the memory of South Australian war veteran and local wine maker Lt Col Carew Reynell.

“Given Lt Col Reynell's contributions to the Gallipoli campaign and his family’s involvement in pioneering wine making in South Australia, it is fitting to dedicate the McLaren Vale Overpass to him,” Mr Rau said.

"I am pleased to see this overpass formally recognise a brave soldier and local wine maker, with a plaque placed in nearby Chapham Park.”

Mr Rau said construction of the overpass was prompted by several serious crashes.

"Between 2005 and 2009, 10 serious crashes occurred in this area, including a triple fatality in August 2007,” he said.

"This overpass now improves the safety of the junction for vehicles that currently travel along Victor Harbor Road each day to Main South Road and Main Road at McLaren Vale."

The project was jointly funded by the Federal ($14.4 million) and State ($3.6 million) Governments. Now complete, the overpass will:

• Increase capacity and safety of traffic operations at the intersection by grade separation, allowing free flow of all movements.

• Allow traffic from McLaren Vale to merge safely with high speed traffic on Victor Harbor Road. • Enable uninterrupted right turn movements out of / into Main Road. • Reduce queues and delays on the Main Road approach to Victor Harbor

Road intersection from McLaren Vale.

Over the last decade a range of other initiatives and projects have been completed to improve safety on Victor Harbor Road, including $14 million for the following road improvements:

• Five new overtaking lanes • Extensions to three existing overtaking lanes • Shoulder sealing • Intersection upgrades • Roadside hazard protection • Improved delineation • Signing and resealing

Median wire rope barriers have also been installed south of Willunga this year while safety barrier treatments have been completed at Hindmarsh Valley, between Mt Jagged and Hindmarsh Valley and north of Mt Compass.

Prior to this work, an $11.2 million upgrade of the Victor Harbor Road/Main South Road junction was completed in 2010, which included widening South Road to three lanes each way between Main South Road and Seaford Road/Patapinda Road.

For more information visit www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/content/McLaren_Vale_Overpass

Friday, 18 th January

Media Contacts

John Rau: Chris Burford 0419 567 989

Don Farrell: Tom Zed 0408 778 058