THE Hanson Street and Thiele Highway intersection at Freeling will undergo a $567,000 safety upgrade.
The upgrade is part of the State Government’s plan to eliminate black spots across South Australia.
Member for Light Tony Piccolo said he has been lobbying for the upgrade since late 2006 as the intersection has been the site of fatal accidents, with a double fatality in early 2009.
Following the accident Mr Piccolo wrote a strongly worded letter to the Minister for Transport demanding an explanation as to when funding would be made available for the upgrade of the intersection.
Subsequently the Light Regional Council applied for funding to upgrade the intersection under the Black Spot Program during the 2010-2011 financial year.
Mr Piccolo said while the road was no longer in his electorate, he has continued to receive concerned calls from Freeling residents about the safety the intersection.
“Members of the community use the Thiele Highway to access the Barossa or to visit friends and family in Freeling, and as such I have continued to lobby the government for this cause,” Mr Piccolo said.
“I am very pleased that the Light Regional Council has been successful in their application and hope that the works will ensure the safety of this intersection, and commend them for pursuing it over the years.”
The funding will enable the current four way intersection to be converted into a two staggered T-intersection.
The upgrade will separate movements of turning vehicles and reduce the risks of high speed collisions involving turning vehicles.