In The Courier this week

Adelaide Hills Council Mayor Bill Spragg believes a northern bypass is the answer to removing heavy vehicles from the freeway but, in the short term, wants all trucks restricted to the left lane and fully laden vehicles to use the old Mt Barker Road and re-enter the freeway below Devils Elbow.

Off the road

Take trucks off the freeway and send them north around the Hills.
That’s the long-term solution to  deadly runaway trucks preferred by Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg and Hills MP Isobel Redmond in the wake of last week’s horror crash at the Cross Road and Glen Osmond Road intersection.
While a peak transport industry body  rejects the idea, saying the freeway was built as a national freight route, the Hills community leaders said providing an alternative route was the safest option. Ms Redmond prefers a toll road approach while Mr Spragg says the Federal Government should revisit a Local Government Association proposal to build a northern dual road and rail freight corridor.
“If (a northern bypass) saves lives and improves efficiency then it should be considered,” Mr Spragg said. As a short-term alternative, the Mayor said all trucks should be restricted to the left-hand lane of the freeway, with no overtaking, and fully laden trucks which are often slower, should be directed to use the old Mt Barker Road.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Stirling mall upgrade: The Stirling Mall is about to undergo major renovations and will bring in a Cibo Espresso franchise later this year.
  • Fishmonger shuts: Inside the Octopus’s Garden is a petition calling for the fishmonger to remain in the Stirling Mall.
  • Bushfire documentary: A documentary that explores the recovery of a community devastated by Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday bushfires is being screened in Stirling next month.
  • Debt waived: The Mt Barker Council has given up hope of recovering $5830 it mistakenly paid to an Adelaide company.
  • Connector road: Work has started on the first section of a major new road connecting developments throughout Mt Barker’s growth area.

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