What is the Fleurieu Connections upgrade?
The Australian and South Australian governments have committed $560 million to jointly fund the Fleurieu Connections Main South Road project and Victor Harbor Road duplication projects, to be delivered by the Fleurieu Connections Alliance.
Who is the Fleurieu Connections Alliance?
The Alliance is a consortium comprising CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD, with Sub-Alliance partners McMahon Services Australia and Tonkin, in association with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department).
What is the Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project?
Victor Harbor Road, between Main South Road and the McLaren Vale turn off, will be duplicated with additional safety treatments along Victor Harbor Road (including an overtaking lane at Hindmarsh Valley).
In addition, a planning study to investigate the preferred solution for Victor Harbor Road between Main Road, McLaren Vale and Tatachilla Road and to Willunga Hill will be undertaken.
What is the Main South Road Project (Stage 1)?
Duplication of Main South Road, from Seaford to Aldinga, including a grade separation (overpass) at the intersection of Tatachilla Road and Maslin Beach Road, a grade separation at the intersection of Port Road and a grade separation and road alignment at the intersection of Main South Road and Aldinga Road, removing the planned roundabout at Aldinga Road.
What is Main South Road Project (Stage 2)?
Duplication of Main South Road, from Aldinga to Sellicks Beach will be delivered, restoring an additional lane for the project. A concept design is currently being developed and will be released to the community in the coming months. There will be an opportunity for community to provide input once the design has been developed.
How much will the project cost?
The Australian and South Australian governments have committed a total of $560 million to fund the Fleurieu Connections Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road duplication projects.
When is the project timing?
Construction is planned to commence in late 2021 with project completion in 2024.
Why has a grade separation been identified at Port Road?
During the consultation between March and May 2021, concerns were commonly raised about the current Port Road roundabout. Comments included that it is a ‘nightmare’ and there are lengthy delays there already.
Traffic modelling and technical analysis demonstrates that a grade separation at Port Road is warranted to maintain road performance and avoid lengthy queuing through both daily and seasonal peaks in traffic. This design solution is also consistent with community feedback received.
Why have you removed some right turn lanes from side roads?
Some right turns have been removed to create safer traffic movements and an improved road network. The need to remove some right turn lanes was included as part of the consultation between March and May 2021.
Following community feedback received, right turns from Main South Road into Branson Road and Thomas Road have been reinstated.
The Department completed a Local Area Traffic Management Plan which determined potential alternative solutions. We will continue to engage with the City of Onkaparinga and the community regarding these alternative solutions as the design progresses.
How about access for emergency services?
We will continue to engage with emergency services to ensure necessary and safe access is provided.
How will Aboriginal heritage be considered?
The Department recognises the Kaurna and Others Native Title Determination for this area, and the Kaurna peoples continuing connection to this land. It is intended that the Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Projects will deliver and enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to the region. The Department is and will continue to engage with the Aboriginal community, their representative bodies, Community Groups and any Aboriginal people who have an interest in the area.
Will vegetation be impacted?
Initial planning has identified that the existing width of the road carriageways does not allow for road duplication and intersection upgrades without requiring vegetation removal. Flora and fauna surveys are underway and will be used to minimise project impacts, and inform detailed design and the development of flora and fauna management measures.
Works are planned to commence in late 2021 and be completed in 2024.
Site investigation activities will continue to be carried out to inform the detailed design.