Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed the news that the State Department for Infrastructure and Transport has engaged a consultant to undertake design for a left turn slip lane for vehicles turning into Holder Top Road from Sturt Highway.

The intersection at Sturt Highway and Holder Top Road at Waikerie was granted $1.52 million in 2017 to improve safety thanks to the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

With the works now completed, many in the community had been left unimpressed by the fact the design did not include a slip lane into Holder Top Road.

Mr Pasin said while the Federal Government had awarded the funding, the State Government was responsible for the design and construction work.

“I’ve been speaking to DPTI to keep updated on how they plan on addressing this issue. In my opinion a left-hand slip lane should have been part of the initial plans. The intention of the $1.52 million was to improve safety at the intersection- without the slip lane it has unfortunately fallen short of this outcome and the Department has had to lower the speed limit in the vicinity,” Mr Pasin said.

“Notwithstanding that, I’m pleased that the Department has now agreed to undertake the design work needed to develop an accurate cost of the works required to remedy the situation.”

According to the Department a design is needed in order to develop an accurate cost of any future work.  The design works are part of a package of work that will be completed in October.


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