New traffic signals switched on in Mount Gambier
06 April 2016
Joint release with:
SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Mayor of the City of Mount Gambier
Federal Member for Barker
A $1 million safety upgrade at a key intersection in Mount Gambier has been completed, with new traffic signals to be switched on today at the intersection of Wireless Road and the Riddoch Highway, known locally as the Penola Road.
Federal Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said every day more than 10,000 vehicles travel through the intersection in the centre of Mount Gambier.
“It is very pleasing to see the completion of this project, which will improve safety for all road users who travel through this intersection,” Mr Fletcher said.
South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said traffic lights were the best solution for the intersection.
“In the past some motorists have gone out of their way to avoid this intersection, but the improvements to the junction should alleviate their concerns,” Mr Mullighan said.
Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said the project was an example of all levels of government working together for the benefit of local motorists.
“The council worked with the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure to support the project by taking on some of the construction, such as surveying, traffic management, and median and kerbing works,” Mr Lee said.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the joint Australian, South Australian and local government initiative would address community concerns about the black spot.
“This busy intersection has been a concern for locals for some time so it is very pleasing to be able to deliver these improvements,” Mr Pasin said.
“The new traffic signals will address a dangerous intersection while also helping traffic flow more smoothly in the area.”
South Australian Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell said the intersection had been an issue that was talked about for as long as he could remember.
“These traffic lights will not only benefit the Mount Gambier community, but also demonstrate the effectiveness of all three arms of government working together,” Mr Bell said.
The Australian Government committed $800,000 to the project, with the South Australian Government committing $200,000 and the City of Mount Gambier $50,000.