THE RAA is asking members of the Barossa and Light Regional communities, and people who regularly travel through the region, to provide feedback on their road safety concerns for the region.
The organisation is conducting its Tourism Regional Road Assessment next month, and is gathering feedback from local road users to help its review of key country tourist routes.
RAA senior manager road safety Charles Mountain said RAA figures show that, in the past 10 years, 485 people have been killed or seriously injured on roads in the Barossa region.
“While we have assessed a number of the Barossa’s problematic intersections in recent years, we felt the region’s crash history and the significant number of tourists that travel through the region each year warranted a more strategic assessment of the road network,” Mr Mountain said.
Mr Mountain said RAA will drive around the Barossa to assess its key tourist routes, as part of the assessment, to learn more about the condition of local roads and pinpoint any issues that need to be addressed.
He said it has already met with officials from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), local government and SA Police to hear their thoughts, but is now turning its attention to the local community.
“Local authorities have told us signage inconsistencies in the area are creating confusion amongst the large number of tourists travelling in the region,” said Mr Mountain.
“Concerns have also been raised about unsealed roads, and the narrowness of roads that are used frequently by heavy vehicles.
“We want to hear from local residents to find out if these issues also concern them, or if there’s anything else they want to see put on the agenda.”
A survey was sent to a number of RAA members in the Barossa region last week and the public can access it via the RAA website (click here to visit).
The survey will remain open until next Wednesday, July 5.
The results from the Tourism Regional Road Assessment, along with survey feedback, will be provided to relevant road authorities and key stakeholders in September.
In the past two years, RAA has assisted the Light Regional Council by recommending a temporary safety upgrade for the intersection of Samuel, Seppeltsfield and Stelzer roads until funding for a new roundabout could be secured.
RAA also assisted the council with a road safety audit that resulted in securing $983,000 of Black Spot funding to upgrade the intersection of the Thiele Highway and Roseworthy Road.
A number of roads rated high by people in the RAA’s Risky Roads campaign earlier this year fell within the Barossa and Light Regional areas, such as the Horrocks Highway, Owen Road, Sturt Highway and Thiele Highway.