A traffic study investigating the problematic Nuriootpa shopping precinct and surrounding streets will examine increasing congestion, blind spots and pedestrian movements.
The study was announced recently by Transport Minister and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll after a proposal to install a $200,000 'wombat crossing' outside the Nuriootpa Co-op was met with overwhelming community criticism.
The crossing has been put on hold and a study will instead investigate the Co-op precinct, Greenock Road/Gawler Street, feeder streets and Nuriootpa more broadly.
Although State Government funded, the Barossa Council will conduct the study once Transport Department funding is officially approved.
Barossa Mayor Michael 'Bim' Lange thanked Transport Minister Stephan Knoll for delivering on the traffic study.
"We were always of the opinion right from the get-go that, with the redevelopment of the supermarket and also the discussion around the wombat crossing - we have seen that there could be some conflict there - we thought that a traffic study of the whole precinct would give us the best alternatives and the best way forward as to what treatments are required.."
The hope is that, by looking at the town's traffic holistically, there may be a solution to the confusion and congestion around the Nuriootpa shopping precinct.
"We need to consider all of the parking, traffic, access to car-parks and all of those things that come in to play, like access and exits, as to what the best layout is and the best treatments across the whole precinct," Mayor Lange said.
"There's things like pedestrian refuges and all sorts of other treatments, but this will all get teased out as part of the traffic study just to confirm which is the best treatment."
Mr Knoll said new retail development, increased freight traffic and new residential development were all contributors to increased traffic flows through Nuriootpa.
“I am hopeful we will be able to develop a plan which adequately addresses the requirements of pedestrians and road users alike,” he said.
Once funding from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) come through, council is not expecting the process to take more than a few months.
"It shouldn't take very long," Mayor Lange said.
"We will seek an expression of interest from the appropriate consultants and once that is done I would say it would be a couple of months once we've got the briefs."