Road safety around South Road Superway

The Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) and SA Police have announced a road safety focus at the start of major traffic changes as works progress on the South Road Superway.

 

DTEI’s South Road Superway Project Director, Luigi Rossi said safety is a major priority as the project progresses.

 

“We understand there will be inconvenience to motorists and there will be some delays, however these measures are in place to protect construction workers, residents, business owners and motorists,” he said.

 

“These restrictions will apply 24-7 and be in place for some time.”

 

“Access to businesses on South Road will be maintained, but we would suggest seeking alternative routes where possible and we ask people to slow down, be patient and obey the safety restrictions in place.”

 

Chief Inspector Kym Zander, Acting Officer in Charge of Western Adelaide LSA, said police will continue to target the local area as traffic conditions change significantly and restrictions apply around the clock.

 

“The reason we have these encumbrances in place is to protect workers and ensure workers go home to their families at night,” he said.

 

“This is also about road user responsibility and making sure drivers and pedestrians do not become complacent.”

 

“Traffic arrangements will be changing and it is up to drivers to be aware of road conditions, workers in the area and any detours as well as adhering to posted speed limits.”

 

Police will continue to monitor traffic and will be conducting local operations in the area using speed cameras and lasers.

 

“If you put people at risk, there is a good chance you will be stopped,” Mr Zander said.

 

These works are part of the State and Federal Governments’ joint $812 million South Road Superway project.

 

When complete in December 2013, the South Road Superway project will deliver immediate benefits to freight and commuter traffic with connections to the existing road network.

 

For further information about the project or road works and to view alternative route maps visit www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au or call 1300 638 789.