Signed and ready to seal: Lyndoch Road gets green light, on track for completion this year

Works on the troublesome Lyndoch Road are due to commence within weeks and the road will be sealed before the year is out, weather permitting.

State Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll and Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin were thrilled to deliver the news – one of Mr Knoll’s key election commitments – to local residents and business owners on Saturday.

The project was given the green light after Light Regional Council was awarded $500,000 from the Marshall Liberal Government and, together with The Barossa Council, $900,000 from the Australian Government’s Special Local Roads Program (part of the Roads to Recovery Program).

“I am very excited to finally see this project come to fruition,” Mr Knoll said.

“Sealing Lyndoch Road has been an important priority which I have been proud to advocate for, which is why I fought to secure $500,000 ahead of last year’s election to get this project off the ground.

“I have first-hand experience driving this road in the wet and it is downright dangerous. In summer, it gets very rough and residents have to deal with dust engulfing their homes.

“Residents and local business owners have also highlighted safety concerns stemming from high heavy vehicle traffic.

“This work will not only make Lyndoch Road safer for motorists, it will serve a broader strategic purpose in connecting the Southern Barossa to visitors to the region who travel via the Sturt Highway and Gomersal Road.

“It is also the first piece of the puzzle to provide a connection from the Southern Barossa to Seppeltsfield and wider Western Barossa area.”

Since Gomersal Road was sealed and highlighted as a main entrance to the Barossa, car traffic has been largely diverted away from Gawler and the Barossa Valley Way.

“This has had a negative impact on businesses in the Southern Barossa,” Mr Knoll said.

“Anecdotally, these local businesses have suggested a decrease in business of up to 30 per cent.

“Businesses on Lyndoch Road have been further affected by limitations of hire car companies which don’t permit their vehicles to be driven on unsealed routes, meaning tourists are unable to reach them.

“The sealing of Lyndoch Road will help to revitalise the local economy and give businesses the confidence to pursue further growth and development.”

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the Federal Government’s $900,000 contribution.

“Upgrading Lyndoch Road will provide a safer and more efficient link for freight and tourism to the Southern Barossa,” he said.

“I am proud to be part of a Federal Government that is committed to playing its part in getting Australians home safely from every journey on our roads by funding projects like this.”

Light Regional Council’s general manager, infrastructure and development, Richard Dodson said Council would contribute $250,000 to the project.

“This $1.65 million project would not have been possible without the support of local Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll and the South Australian Government that contributed $500,000 towards the works,” he said.

The funding will be used to construct and seal approximately 4.5 kilometres of road; realign the junction of Lyndoch Road and Hentschke Road; and provide protection to hazards such as steep embankments or culvert crossings across the road.

The project will increase the total road formation width to 9.6 metres, with a 3.3m sealed carriageway lane plus 1m sealed shoulder and 0.5m unsealed shoulder in both directions, and road pavements will be strengthened to accommodate heavy vehicles up to level 2A PBS.

“Lyndoch Road is an extremely important link between the Southern Barossa and the iconic Seppeltsfield area,” LRC Mayor Bill O’Brien said.

“The existing road is struggling to cope with the volume of traffic that is using it and this funding will enable a high standard road to be constructed that will not only improve the safety for all road users but significantly improve the amenity for the businesses and residents that rely on this road on a daily basis.”

Council is planning to commence construction in the next few weeks, with all works targeted for completion by the end of 2019.