Funding windfall for heavy vehicle upgrade

A funding windfall of up to $250,000 will be used to improve safety at a critical intersection on the Barossa Freight Route.

The $500,000 project will see an upgrade of the intersection at Carrara Hill and Stockwell Road near Nuriootpa to safely accommodate heavy mass vehicles, including A-doubles.

Barossa Council mayor Bob Sloane welcomed the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program funding, saying the project was supported by local industry, government and tourism partners.

“Although the Barossa Freight Route was gazetted for B-double access over 10 years ago, the Carrara Hill/Stockwell Road intersection is yet to be upgraded,” he said.

“We know the number of commercial vehicles using the intersection has risen significantly in that time, increasing the likelihood of accidents and near misses.”

Mayor Sloane said the risk was heightened because the road is shared by local traffic and heavy vehicles.

Over 1700 vehicles use Stockwell Road daily, with commercial vehicles representing over 40 per cent.

“Road widening at the Carrara Hill/Stockwell Road intersection will enable heavy vehicles to turn within their designated lane, and this will improve safety for all road users, not just heavy vehicle operators,” Mayor Sloane said.

Design work has been completed with construction work due to begin this year.