Safer overpass opens in South Australia


Work on South Australia's major overpass in the McLaren Vale region is now complete

January 21, 2013

Work on South Australia’s major overpass in the McLaren Vale region is now complete.

The $18 million construction of the McLaren Vale Overpass was finished on time and on budget in December, providing a safer and more efficient route for the 28,000 motorists and truck drivers who use the junction each day.

Upgrades were prompted by serious crashes in the area, with 10 occurring between 2005 and 2009, including a triple fatality in 2007.

"This overpass now improves the safety of the junction for vehicles that currently travel along Victor Harbor Road each day to Main South Road and Main Road at McLaren Vale," South Australian Acting Minister for Transport John Rau says.

Five new overtaking lanes and extension to three existing overtaking lanes are now in place, including shoulder sealing, intersection upgrades, roadside hazard protection and improved delineation and signing.

The federal and South Australian governments jointly funded the project. Rau says the overpass is expected to increase traffic capacity and safety and reduce queues and delays on the Main Road approach to Victor Harbor Road intersection from McLaren Vale.

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