Barrier Highway gets a small upgrade

The intersection.

The intersection.

In what has been a long wait for many commuters, Barrier Highway intersection at Copperhouse and Springbank Roads is being upgraded. 

Regional Council of Goyder will undertake the works for Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in an aim to reduce the potential of right-angle crashes. 

The intersection has, in the past, seen a number of accidents including fatalities, however, the new design will see the four-way intersection offset to form a staggered T-junction. 

It will also install a separated left turn lane on the Barrier Highway, for vehicles turning left onto Copperhouse Road. 

Regional Council of Goyder mayor Peter Mattey said the completed works would make the road safer for all users. 

“That’s the idea, to make it safer for all,” Mr Mattey said. 

“It’s something that should have been done a long time ago.”

Barrier Highway is used by many inter and intrastate commuters travelling from Adelaide through to Broken Hill and further. 

This corner is just one spot of safety concern among many. 

Works have begun and are expected to be complete by April 2019, weather permitting. Work will happen between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

The road will remain open, with traffic restrictions in place during construction – it is expected an effort would be made to minimise disturbance to users. 

Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan said road safety was a priority in the electorate. 

“I am very pleased the state government and Regional Council of Goyder are working together to improve this important intersection,” Mr Pellekaan said. 

This $1.7 million safety initiative is funded by the state government’s Improved Rural Roads Program.

For community and road user enquiries, contact the Regional Council of Goyder on 8892 0100.