Liberals commit funding for overpass near Port Wakefield

The State Liberals have pledged $12.1 million towards a single lane overpass to be constructed at the Copper Coast Highway and Augusta Highway intersection complemented by the re-routing of access roads at the intersection.  

The overpass will take the Copper Coast Highway over the Augusta Highway providing better access to Port Wakefield Road for people travelling south from Yorke Peninsula as the first stage of a long term ambition to upgrade arterial roads to the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North.

“Yorke Peninsula is one of Adelaide’s favourite holiday destinations but too often the experience is marred by massive wait times as traffic banks up from the junction of the Copper Coast Highway and the Augusta Highway,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“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 creating jams as long as 10 kilometres as vehicles travelling from Yorke Peninsula attempt to merge with traffic travelling south.

“For holiday makers there are few experiences more frustrating than inching along the Copper Coast Highway with hungry kids in the car at the end of a sweltering long weekend.

“For Yorke Peninsula locals the frustration at the problems with the intersection can be an everyday fact of life.

Liberal Candidate for Narungga Fraser Ellis said the commitment highlighted why it is critical that a Marshall Government is elected at the March state election.

“The people of Yorke Peninsula have been crying out for this type of meaningful investment in the regions’ roads,” he said.

The State Liberals are proposing a Federal Government contribution of 50 percent of the total capital costs ($24.2 million) of the project. 

Federal Member for Grey Rowan said the State Liberal announcement to fix the Port Wakefield intersection would provide a direct dividend for 80 percent of the Grey electorate and an economic boost for the rest of the state.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the Liberals have been caught out deliberately avoiding using the independent Parliamentary Budget Office in an effort to understate the cost of projects. “It also makes a mockery of the Liberals’ Infrastructure SA policy which claims will assess all major infrastructure proposals,” he said.