The much-anticipated Kroemer's Crossing roundabout project is one step closer to competition with the first concept designs released today.
The project was funded due to the needs for greater heavy vehicle access and less confusion through the increasingly busy intersection between Tanunda and Nuriootpa.
The roundabout concept design shows:-
- A single lane roundabout serving the multiple adjoining roads, which can accommodate PBS Level 2A vehicles (up to 26 metre length B-double).
- Pedestrian and cycling access including construction of a shared use path on the western side of the roundabout.
- Pavement construction and surfacing.
- New median, kerb and gutter construction.
- New line marking.
- Safety barrier, where required.
The project is receiving $6m from the State and Federal Governments, $500,000 from Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd and an unspecified amount from The Barossa Council.
Works are scheduled to commence in early 2020, with completion expected mid-2020, weather permitting.
Community invited to Kroemer's Crossing info sessions
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin and State Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll have also announced two information sessions next month.
Mr Knoll said the upcoming community information sessions on September 12 and 13 would be beneficial for locals seeking better understanding around the proposed design, and provided an opportunity to ask questions directly to the project team.
"This project is crucial to improving safety for drivers at this risky intersection, and providing safer turning capacity for heavy vehicles," he said.
"All too often we see close calls, often due to driver confusion; this roundabout will make Kroemer's Crossing safer and easier to navigate for locals and tourists alike.
"Concurrently, enabling the extension of the Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) network and improving heavy vehicle access will unlock incredible efficiencies and production for many local businesses.
Two drop-in Community Information Sessions are being held at the Tanunda CWA Town Hall, 70 Murray Street, Tanunda, on:
- Thursday, September 12, anytime from 6pm to 8pm
- Friday, September 13, anytime from 12pm to 2pm
Rail Corridor under question
The above designs show the rail corridor running through the roundabout, but that could change after Transport Minister and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll's recent announced that the government would be seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the use of the now-defunct railway line from Gawler to Angaston.
Mr Knoll said the primary objective for the EOI is to identify the best use of the rail corridor in the long-term interest of the state and local economy. He shared examples of use including extending agricultural areas for farming purposes and shared paths.
"The rail corridor will continue to be preserved as part of this project, and there's nothing stopping the return of a rail service in the future."
However, the Minister said that future use of the corridor would influence an important part of the consideration of the upgrade to Kroemer's Crossing.
"If rail capacity is to be retained at these sites, [Kroemer's Crossing roundabout] would incur additional costs," he said.