Upgrade on the way for Adelaide's West Beach Road

Media Release

DC271/2017

15 September 2017

Joint release with:

Simon Birmingham

Senator for South Australia

Relief for West Beach's growing pains is on the way, with $2.8 million to be provided for the first stage of works to upgrade the Adelaide suburb's increasingly congested West Beach Road.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said traffic and safety issues along the road would be tackled thanks to the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery program.

“Local business, retail, sporting and recreational organisations have called for this upgrade, which will address dangerous traffic conditions caused by growing traffic volumes,” Mr Chester said.

Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the Australian Government had secured the project with its commitment of $1.89 million under the Roads to Recovery program.

“The Australian Government is delivering for Adelaide's western suburbs,” Senator Birmingham said.

“This project is a fantastic example of how local communities right around the country are benefitting from our $4.4 billion Roads to Recovery program, which gives councils the certainty they need to invest in critical local road maintenance.”

Senator Birmingham said the funding injection would bring relief to local residents, with the road struggling to cope with traffic associated with local sporting, tourist and recreational facilities.

“West Beach Road is designated as a local distributor that acts as a major thoroughfare between Adelaide Airport, Harbourtown and the western suburbs for over 5,000 vehicles every day,” he said.

“The current two-lane, undivided road lacks dedicated turning lanes into the sporting complex and doesn't cater for increasingly large numbers of boats and caravans on this significant tourist route.

“This upgrade will tackle those issues head on.

“The works to be carried out include building a divided road with protected turning lanes, on-road cycle lanes, and drainage, landscaping and footpath improvements.

“I'm sure the local community will warmly welcome this upgrade, which will significantly improve safety and access for families, pedestrians, cyclists and visitors alike.”

Works on the upgrade are expected to start over coming months, with completion due in mid-2018. The Australian Government has committed $1.89 million to the project under Roads to Recovery, with the Cities of Charles Sturt and West Torrens to provide the remaining $910,000.