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Building Port Wakefield Road Overpass

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will contribute funds to establish a single lane overpass at the intersection of National Highway One and the Copper Coast Highway.

The Problem

The intersection of Copper Coast Highway and Augusta Highway, just north of Port Wakefield, is one of regional South Australia’s busiest road junctions.

It is notorious for heavy congestion, particularly during long weekends and holiday periods when thousands of people visit Yorke Peninsula, one of South Australia’s most popular holiday destinations with its stunning beaches, friendly coastal towns and historic mining settlements.

Yorke Peninsula and the wider region are also some of our state’s most productive areas for agriculture and farmers deserve efficient infrastructure to support the important contribution they make to our economy.

On a normal day the intersection is used by about 3,000 vehicles but during holiday weekends this soars to as many as 10,000 when it becomes a bottleneck creating jams as long as 10 km as vehicles travelling from Yorke Peninsula attempt to merge and travel south through Port Wakefield.

The intersection also has a long history of accidents resulting in fatal or serious injury.

It is not acceptable to leave this intersection in its current condition, which can force holiday makers returning to Adelaide to add two hours and sometimes more to their journeys to compensate for delays at Port Wakefield.

In a response to growing demands for a solution to the congestion, a roundabout was installed on the Copper Coast Highway at Federation Corner, but locals are already complaining that this has only caused more confusion to road users and hasn’t resolved the problem of congestion closer to Port Wakefield.

Port Wakefield Overpass

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will contribute funds to establish a single lane overpass at the intersection of National Highway One and the Copper Coast Highway.

This overpass will relieve congestion at the intersection by allowing vehicles travelling south from Yorke Peninsula to merge with traffic heading into Port Wakefield.

We are proposing a Federal Government contribution of 50% of the total capital cost ($24.2 million) of the project. This proposal follows constructive discussions with the Federal Government and we look forward to progressing this request for funding after the election.