RAA to assess Limestone Coast road safety concerns

THE Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA) will assess road conditions across the Limestone Coast when it visits the region in March.

As part of the regional road survey, the RAA will also gather feedback from local residents and people who regularly travel through the region, to highlight their road safety concerns.

RAA road safety senior manager Charles Mountain said the motoring body had asked for submissions from the seven South East councils, Regional Development Australia and a number of other organisations, but stressed the importance of community feedback.

“We will drive and assess the key tourist and freight routes and meet stakeholders in the region to learn more about the condition of local roads and pinpoint any issues that need to be addressed,” Mr Mountain said.

A survey will be emailed to a number of RAA members in the region up until February 5.

“Our initial findings suggest local motorists have some concerns around a number of roads and intersections, including along Southern Ports and Princes Highways, as well as maintenance of a number of roads in the Limestone Coast region” Mr Mountain said.

Mr Mountain said the Riddoch Highway remained near the top of the agenda due to its importance to the region, its high traffic volumes and disastrous crash history, along with the Penola Bypass and whether a similar treatment is needed at Naracoorte.

“Residents have previously told us about a number of other intersections as well as some unsealed roads in the region,” Mr Mountain said.

“We’ll take a closer look at these issues as part of our assessment.”

Between 2013 and 2017, there were 719 casualty crashes in the Limestone Coast, resulting in 940 casualties, of which 668 people suffered minor injuries, 232 were seriously injured and 40 were killed.

Visit www.raa.com.au/limestonecoastsurvey for the Limestone Coast assessment survey.