29 Aug 2014
The wire barriers - located between Curtis Road and Tiver Road - were installed after a 2012 study by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) identified a strong likelihood it could save lives.
The study found that between 2000 and 2012 there were three fatal, six serious injury and 18 minor injury crashes along this section of road.
They were mainly because of run-off-road crashes within the central median.
The barriers will help prevent these types of crashes and, as a consequence, the risk of striking trees.
Given the crash history along this section of Main North Road, we expect that they will prevent seven serious and fatal injury crashes and 14 minor casualty crashes in the next decade.
WRSB are designed to deflect vehicles and are a top of the line safety barrier with low maintenance costs.
The Government invested $1.3 million into this project through the 2013/14 Rural Road Safety Program and has allocated $8.6 million for the continuation of the Rural Road Safety Program in 2014/15.
WRSB are also currently installed along the 1.7 kilometre stretch of Port Wakefield Road, south of Port Wakefield and for 2.3 kilometres along the four-way carriageway on Willunga Hill.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will continue to locate sections of road across South Australia where the barriers will improve safety for road users.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.