RAA urges Clare Valley residents to nominate road safety concerns

RAA will be assessing the condition of local roads in the Clare Valley and surrounding districts when it visits the region in January.

The Tourism Regional Road Assessment will investigate the condition of roads in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council area, along with the Goyder Council area.

RAA is also gathering feedback from local residents, and people who regularly travel through the region, to find out their road safety concerns.

“We have already met with officials from the local government and Regional Development Australia to hear their thoughts, but we also want to hear from the local community,” Mr Mountain said.

“We will drive and assess the key tourist and freight routes to learn more about the condition of local roads and pinpoint any issues that need to be addressed.”

A survey has been emailed to a number of RAA members in the Clare Valley region, or it can be accessed via the RAA website.

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, December 12.

The Horrocks Highway is already at the top of the agenda, after being the second most nominated road in RAA’s Risky Roads campaign earlier this year and one of our priorities for the state election in March 2018.

“Locals have also told us that sharing the road with an increasing number of heavy vehicles is of concern, which is why the maintenance of unsealed roads is particularly important,” Mr Mountain said.

RAA will also review a number of other local roads that were nominated through the Risky Roads campaign, including Farrell Flat Rd, the World’s End Hwy, the Barrier Hwy, between Saddleworth and Manoora, and its intersection with Copperhouse Rd.

In the past 10 years, 177 people have been killed or seriously injured on roads in the Clare Valley and surrounding districts.

“Compared with the rest of the State, there is a significantly higher rate of fatal crashes in this region,” Mr Mountain said.

“In particular drink driving crashes occurred at a much higher rate than the state average, with the Clare Valley region recording a rate four times higher than metro Adelaide and almost two times higher than regional SA.”

The results from the Tourism Regional Road Assessment, along with survey feedback will be provided to relevant road authorities and key stakeholders in February.

The Clare Valley road assessment survey can be accessed via raa.com.au/clarevalleysurvey.