A re-elected Morrison Liberal Government will invest $20 million to improve safety for cars and cyclists at James Road and Old Belair Road in Belair.
The upgrade will see a roundabout installed at the James Road-Old Belair Road intersection, and will also improve sight lines on the bends, install better lighting, and make it safer for cyclists.
Liberal Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint MP said she was proud to have secured these desperately needed safety upgrades that will also benefit the local community enormously during peak hour.
“We all know that this intersection needs widening and better visibility for cars and cyclists to keep everyone safe on the road,” Ms Flint said.
“Tens of thousands of motorists use this road to get to and from work and school every day, it’s critical that they are able to do this safely and quickly.
“We know that local residents from Belair, Glenalta and Hawthorndene struggle to get onto Old Belair Road from James Road in morning and evening peak hour.
“The only reason motorists are able to turn onto Old Belair Road is because other Hills motorists politely let them in as that’s the sort of community we live in but we need to fix this intersection properly and permanently for residents in Belair, Blackwood, Glenalta and Hawthorndene.
“I have worked very hard to secure this funding for our local community. This will add to the Main Road corridor improvements that local MP Sam Duluk and the Marshall Liberal government have committed $16.5 million towards.
The Morrison and Marshall Liberal Governments are also investing $61 million into the Fullarton-Cross road intersection upgrade which is further down this corridor, ensuring that we are busting congestion for our local community wherever we can.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said only Liberal Governments at a federal and state level would get people home sooner and safer.
“We are investing in infrastructure for motorists and cyclists that will make a real difference to safety and travel times,” Mr Tudge said.
“This is part of our more than $5.4 billion investment in road and rail projects across South Australia.”
Federal funding to upgrade the James Road – Old Belair Road intersection is only possible because of the Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger economy.
“Only the Liberals and Nationals have a proven track record when it comes to managing the Budget,” Ms Flint said.
“By paying down debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver funding for priorities in local communities such as upgrading the James Road – Old Belair Road intersection.
“This is all at risk under Labor and Bill Shorten who pose the greatest risk to Australia’s economy in a generation with plans for $387 billion in new taxes on small and family businesses, retirees, housing, income, investments, electricity and cars”.