What is the Fleurieu Connections upgrade?
The Australian and South Australian governments have committed $560 million to jointly fund the Main South Road project and Victor Harbor Road duplication project, to be delivered by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department).
What is the Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project?
Victor Harbor Road, between Main South Road and the McLaren Vale turn off, will be duplicated with additional safety treatments along Victor Harbor Road (including an overtaking lane at Hindmarsh Valley).
In addition, a planning study to investigate the preferred solution for Victor Harbor Road between Main Road, McLaren Vale and Tatachilla Road and to Willunga Hill will be undertaken.
What is the Main South Road Project (Stage 1)?
Duplication of Main South Road, from Seaford to Aldinga, including a grade separation (overpass) at the intersection of Tatachilla Road and Maslin Beach Road, a grade separation at the intersection of Port Road and a dual lane roundabout at the Main South Road and Aldinga Road junction.
What is Main South Road Project (Stage 2)?
Upgrade of Main South Road, from Aldinga to Sellicks Beach, with a ‘2+1’ lane road layout and associated road treatments that address safety issues and future capacity of Main South Road. A ‘2+1’ lane road layout consists of two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other, alternating every few kilometres.
Further design work will be undertaken over the coming months to develop the design for Stage 2. There will be an opportunity for community to provide input once the design has been developed.
What is a 2+1 Lane road layout?
A ‘2+1’ lane road layout consists of two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other, alternating every few kilometres.
Why is Main South Road Stage 2 not a full duplication?
Current and projected traffic volumes (until 2036) have concluded duplication of the road between Aldinga and Sellicks Beach (Stage 2) is not warranted. Treatments other than duplication for Stage 2 (such as overtaking lanes, shoulder sealing, road resurfacing, intersection upgrades, pavement upgrades and a new shared use path) would achieve the necessary safety improvements and meet projected capacity requirements, whilst minimising impacts to adjacent properties and retaining the rural character of the area. This design solution has been supported by the RAA.
During the consultation between March and May 2021, there were mixed views on the duplication between Aldinga and Sellicks Beach. Common feedback at the Community Information Sessions was that duplication south of Aldinga wasn’t critical and may negatively impact the character of the area. Other treatments to improve the safety of the area were however important.
How much will the project cost?
The Australian and South Australian governments have committed a total of $560 million to fund the Fleurieu Connections Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road duplication projects, to be delivered by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department).
When is the project timing?
Construction is planned to commence in late 2021 with project completion in 2024.
Why has a grade separation been identified at Port Road?
During the consultation between March and May 2021, concerns were commonly raised about the current Port Road roundabout. Comments included that it is a ‘nightmare’ and there are lengthy delays there already.
Traffic modelling and technical analysis demonstrates that a grade separation at Port Road is warranted to maintain road performance and avoid lengthy queuing through both daily and seasonal peaks in traffic. This design solution is also consistent with community feedback received.
Why has a dual lane roundabout been selected at Aldinga Road?
Traffic modelling and analysis indicates that a dual lane roundabout at Aldinga Road meets current and future capacity needs, including access provision for nearby future growth and development.
Why have you removed some right turn lanes from side roads?
Some right turns have been removed to create safer traffic movements and an improved road network. The need to remove some right turn lanes was included as part of the consultation between March and May 2021.
Following community feedback received, right turns from Main South Road into Branson Road and Thomas Road have been reinstated.
The Department completed a Local Area Traffic Management Plan which determined potential alternative solutions. We will continue to engage with the City of Onkaparinga and the community regarding these alternative solutions as the design progresses.
How about access for emergency services?
We will continue to engage with emergency services to ensure necessary and safe access is provided.
How will Aboriginal heritage be considered?
The Department recognises the Kaurna and Others Native Title Determination for this area, and the Kaurna peoples continuing connection to this land. It is intended that the Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Projects will deliver and enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to the region. The Department is and will continue to engage with the Aboriginal community, their representative bodies, Community Groups and any Aboriginal people who have an interest in the area. (See Aboriginal Heritage Fact Sheet)
Will vegetation be impacted?
Initial planning has identified that the existing width of the road carriageways does not allow for road duplication and intersection upgrades without requiring vegetation removal. Flora and fauna surveys are underway and will be used to minimise project impacts, and inform detailed design and the development of flora and fauna management measures. (See Fauna Fact Sheet)
Works are planned to commence in late 2021 and be completed in 2024.
Prior to this, site investigation activities will continue to be carried out to inform the detailed design.
A series of drop-in community information sessions are scheduled in October. This will be an opportunity for the community to meet with members of the project team, learn more about the detailed design and ask any questions.
Session details are:
Wednesday, 6 October 2021 at Aldinga Community Centre
Saturday, 9 October 2021 at McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre
This will be an opportunity for members of the public to meet the project team, learn more about the detailed design and ask any questions.
To ensure COVID-19 requirements are met, please register prior to attending by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 1300 794 880.
Please drop-in anytime during your selected session.