Roennfeldt Road set for revamp

Drivers in the western ridge of the Barossa can look forward to a safer – and ultimately, smoother – ride as Light Regional Council prepares to upgrade Roennfeldt Road, Marananga.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll has welcomed the news that Light Regional Council has been successful in receiving $100,000 worth of funding in the 2018-19 round of the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

“This is great news for the western Barossa,” Mr Knoll said.

“Safe and reliable roads are crucial for regional South Australia, especially in a region like the Barossa where we have high volumes of heavy vehicle traffic.

“The State Government’s Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund will help to continue improving vital routes such as Roennfeldt Road.”

Once Council has finalised its safety upgrades on the road – which will be undertaken from 470 metres east of Seppeltsfield Road, to 1270m east of Seppeltsfield Road – it will seal the remainder of the road under its Accelerated Infrastructure Program.

“I am sure this will be very welcome news for the numerous wineries in this sub-region of the Barossa,” Mr Knoll said.

Light Regional Council’s general manager, infrastructure and environment, Richard Dodson said it had applied for Black Spot funding as Roennfeldt Road had been subject to three crashes in the past five years, all relating to drivers losing control of their vehicles and hitting a roadside object (tree or embankment).

“Two of the three major curves along this road have either no or negative superelevation and the roadside vegetation prevents the driver from seeing the extent of the curve when entering, making navigation and estimation of the approach speed quite difficult,” Mr Dodson said.

“Council plans to reconstruct three individual curves to improve sight distance and superelevation on the curves, and seal the curves.

“These isolated portions of the road will be widened to nine metres to enable drivers to see through the curves and reduce the underestimation of curve radius."

The works have been slated for the latter part of the 2018-19 financial year.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt announced the funding last week as part of a total $5.5 million for Black Spot funding across 24 sites in South Australia.

“The Coalition Government is committed to making roads safer in South Australia and right across the nation,” he said.