Editorial – April 11, 2017

ANOTHER month passes, and another vehicle accident has occurred at the Dalkeith/Main North roads intersection.

Thankfully, last week’s incident – like many of the recent collisions at the site – resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to the people involved.

But the question remains: how long will it be until lady luck disappears, and a fatal accident happens at the notorious junction?

The Bunyip has long covered the incidents that have occurred at the site, but while the make and model of the vehicles, and the size, gender and age of the people involved, has varied, one thing has remained constant.

That is, nothing has been done to make the intersection safer.

In November last year, The Bunyip revealed that the dangerous junction was one
of the top 100 metropolitan intersection sites for casualty crashes in South Australia.

We asked the question, at the time, to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) as to whether the community would likely see safety upgrades made to the site in the near future.

The response we received was that “The Department’s preference to improve
safety at the junction is to install traffic signals…(however), the Department cannot, until the prioritisation process is completed and the projects approved, make any commitments in relation to when the works will be undertaken”.

According to DPTI, that process was scheduled to commence in late 2016, and continue on until mid-2017, with any funding announcements unlikely to happen
until September or October this year.

This is all before any actual construction takes place.

But, while DPTI debates when, and where, funding should be allocated across SA, more and more crashes will continue to occur at the Dalkeith/Main North roads intersection – history tells us it is almost a certainty.

For the sake of local families, and commuters who frequent the site daily, we
can only hope the next accident – not if, but when it occurs – isn’t a fatal one.

– Grady Hudd

Grady Hudd

@Grady_Hudd

Growing up in Bordertown in the South East, Grady Hudd moved to Adelaide and completed a Bachelor in Journalism before starting his first industry job at the Kaniva Times and Nhill Free Press in Western Victoria at the end of 2012. He moved to Gawler in May 2014 to start work at the Bunyip. Grady has keen interests in footy and cricket, as well as a passion for music and guitar.

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