Road safety improvements for Main Road
The City of Onkaparinga is working with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) to improve road safety along Main Road from McLaren Vale to Willunga following council’s audit of the road’s intersections.
The council has installed new line marking and signage upgrades along the road, and will install guard railing along Malpas Road, reflecting recommended actions the audit, which commenced in April.
Both DIT and the council have individual and shared responsibility for roads in the area. DIT is responsible for Main Road, council is responsible for adjoining local roads, and both DIT and council share responsibility where the roads intersect.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson said the audit and subsequent improvements were a positive step towards reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on Onkaparinga’s roads.
“Two fatal crashes have occurred along the road this year. I can’t image how difficult this has been for the families involved and my sincere condolences go out to them,” Mayor Thompson said.
“While council’s audit found these intersections comply with safety standards and minimum road safety requirements, we’ve identified more improvements we can make.
“The upgrades we’ve already delivered with great support from DIT, and the improvements that will be completed soon, are a positive step toward achieving a rate of zero fatality and serious injury crashes on our roads.”
Completed and upcoming road safety improvements resulting from the audit include:
- a transverse line marking trial (to reduce approach speeds), supplementing enhanced advanced warning signage (installed in August 2021)
- the installation of approximately 600 metres of guard railing to protect vehicles from the open drain running along the southern side of Malpas Road, extending westwards from Main Road, with 250 metres approved for delivery in 2021–22
- continued advocacy to the state government for further investment towards more substantial road safety upgrades on Main Road, especially at intersections with McMurtrie Road and Johnston Road; and Malpas Road and Binney Road
- Council raising potential issues with conflicting speed zones at three intersections to DIT for assessment
- repositioning and refreshing line marking and installing larger and more prominent signage on the side roads of the two major Main Road intersections (now complete), McMurtrie Road and Johnston Road; and Malpas Road and Binney Road.
Meanwhile, council has also provided a submission to the state government’s draft South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031.
It emphasises the need to consider City of Onkaparinga’s extensive local rural road network, the need for all tiers of government to work together to improve road safety, and City of Onkaparinga’s appetite for trialling innovative road safety projects, among other feedback. You can read the submission in full in council’s 7 September Strategic Directions Committee meeting agenda.
Council’s road safety initiatives have coincided with Rural Road Safety Month (1–30 September), a national awareness campaign targeting regional and rural road safety.
The rate of serious road-related injury among residents in rural areas is nearly twice that of those in major cities.
With more than 65 per cent of Australia’s road deaths occurring on regional roads, the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) encourages all road users to get involved and to take the pledge to Choose Road Safety.
New safety measures
Images of the new transverse linemarking trial, which has been installed at five intersections.