The Federal Coalition Government has included $4.8 million for a new roundabout at Kroemer's Crossing in their 2019-2020 Budget papers.
Kroemers Crossing which connects Barossa Valley Way with Murray Street, Burings Road, Menge Road and Vine Road is the primary freight access to Pernod Ricard's Richmond Grove Winery.
Heavy vehicle access at this location is currently restricted to semi-trailers only, due to safety concerns and insufficient widths available for vehicle turn paths.
With the recent opening of the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company on Burings Road, the amount of traffic congesting the intersection is likely only going to increase.
Barker MP Tony Pasin said the new roundabout will increase efficiency, productivity and improve the supply chain.
"This section of Barossa Valley Way represents a missing link in the restricted access vehicle (RAV) network through the Barossa Valley, impacting freight productivity," said Mr Pasin.
"Our Government has committed $4.8 million to upgrade this intersection to allow for B-double access, with a roundabout the preferred solution due to the complexity of the intersecting roads at the location.
"Making this freight routes more efficient means local businesses have more money to invest in their operations, creating jobs, and proving a boost to the local economy."
A South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure report estimated that, subject to funding, the Kroemer's crossing roundabout project would take around two years from design to completion.
The planning and design phase of the project was estimated to take a full financial year if it had begun in the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year.
The roundabout funding is part of a $1.8 billion South Australian priority regional and urban transport infrastructure fund.
Other Federal Budget funding announcements effecting regions include:
- $44.0 million for the Horrocks Highway corridor
- $5.8 million aged care upgrades at Abbeyfield and Barossa Village
- Immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for low and middle income earners and up to $2,160 for a dual income couple
- $200 million investment into Princes Highway for road widening, overtaking lanes and duplication along key sections in SA.
- Better connected communities through an additional $160 million investment in Mobile Black Spot Program.
- Safer local roads through our $2.2 billion Road Safety Package, targeting black spots and council road improvements.