|11 September 2017
The LGA has described the State Government’s decision to reduce the speed limit on eight key regional roads as a “quick fix”.
The roads that are expected to see a speed limit reduction from 110km/h to 100km/h before the end of this year are:
- Browns Well Highway (Loxton to Pinnaroo)
- Riddoch Highway (Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell)
- Clay Wells Road (Southern Ports Highway to Callendale)
- Andamooka Road (Olympic Dam to Andamooka)
- Cleve Road (Kimba to Cleve)
- Ngarkat Highway (Pinnaroo to Bordertown)
- Goyder Highway (Crystal Brook to Gulnare), and
- Carpenter Rocks Road (Carpenter Rocks to Mount Gambier).
LGA President Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said the the LGA was supportive of a holistic approach to road safety, of which speed limits are only one part.
“Other factors such as time and frequency of travel, infrastructure improvements, vehicle safety improvements and licensing changes also play a role in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries,” Mayor Rosenberg said.
“The LGA has previously highlighted the need for increased State Government investment in road maintenance, and the move to reduce speed limits on these roads confirms the concerns our regional councils have regarding their upkeep.”
“If these roads are no longer fit for purpose, then they should be upgraded.”
“Changing the speed limit is a quick fix, and South Australia’s regional communities deserve better.”
“The quality of our roads is an issue for all South Australians, and the LGA will continue to advocate for an adequate level of State Government funding for road maintenance.”
As a partner in government and part of the solution, the LGA proposed a trial regional road safety management strategy in the Limestone Coast region, that would have considered a range of road safety factors, and established clear criteria to identify roads where reduction or adjustment in the speed limit was warranted.
However, the Government declined to support this proposal.