LOCAL residents are calling on Transport Minister Stephan Knoll to come and see the dangers of the Curtis and Heaslip roads intersection firsthand, following yet another accident at the junction.
While last fortnight’s incident only caused minor injuries, the community is hoping to see the State Government take control and bring forward a proposed plan to install a single-lane roundabout at the intersection.
The roundabout is planned under the Growth Area Deeds for Angle Vale and will be paid for through developer contributions as Angle Vale continues to expand.
Angle Vale resident Clint Marsh has led a community campaign to have the intersection upgrade brought forward, and wrote to Mr Knoll earlier this year.
Mr Marsh said residents are “frustrated”, and he hopes the Member for Schubert will come to Angle Vale to assess the dangers associated with the intersection and inform the community of the government’s plans moving forward.
“I believe we’ve done enough by sending letters and forwarding letters on from other associations, the next stage now is for the minister to come out and engage with the community,” he said.
“We know that if you have multiple smaller accidents, eventually it’s going to lead to a larger incident in the future.”
Following the development of both Angle Vale, the Playford Alive region and the Northern Expressway, the intersection has become increasingly busy and is frequented by a mix of residential and heavy vehicles.
Angle Vale resident Tania Wilson grew up in the local region and said many people flagged the dangers of the intersection to her around 20 years ago.
“I learnt to drive in this area and even then I had people telling me to be careful at the intersection – that was before the Northern Expressway,” she said.
“I still get anxiety going through it now because of all the times my parents and driving instructors highlighted the dangers.”
A State Government spokesperson told The Bunyip it is committed to delivering the roundabout in accordance with the initial project timeline.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said council continues to work with DPTI and hopes proposed roundabout developments can be brought forward at multiple sites across the region.
“It’s important that both the Curtis and Heaslip, and the Womma and Stebonheath intersections are upgraded not only for road safety, but because of other development in the area,” he said.