Murraylands’ residents urged to share road safety concerns

27 September, 2021

RAA will be assessing the condition of roads in the Murraylands in a bid to improve road safety.

RAA traffic experts are seeking public feedback via an online survey as a key part of their assessment of the local road network.

The experts will review the survey responses before assessing the road network in person and meeting key stakeholders across the region to determine the issues which need addressing.

Contributions will also be sought from Regional Development Australia and the district councils of Murray Bridge, Karoonda East Murray, Coorong, Mid Murray and Southern Mallee as part of a wide consultation, RAA Traffic Engineer Matthew Vertudaches said.

“Before we start the assessment we want to hear from the local community, as their views on the local roads are crucial to our investigations,” Mr Vertudaches said.

“We’re running an online survey, which is easy to complete, and we encourage everyone to make their voice heard.”

Key thoroughfares in the area include the Dukes Highway, the Murray Bridge to Truro freight route and the Ngarkat and Browns Well Highways after recent upgrades and speed limit changes.

The survey is a vital part of the assessment and will help determine which issues require review.

“We are keen to hear the communities’ concerns about road safety, dangerous intersections, and challenges for walking and cycling,” Mr Vertudaches said.

Responses will also be sought about road maintenance, freight interactions, public transport and how tourism to the region can be increased.

Tragically, 36 lives were lost between 2016-2020 in the Murraylands’ region, from a total of 582 crashes with 163 people seriously injured and 551 suffering minor injuries, according to State Government data.

Of the casualty crashes, almost 6 in 10 involved a single vehicle, and head-on crashes accounted for 36 per cent of lives lost, despite making up less than 6 per cent of all casualty crashes.

In our ongoing quest to save lives on SA roads, the results and recommendations from the Regional Road Assessment, along with survey feedback, will be provided to relevant road authorities and key stakeholders in the first half of 2022.

The survey is being emailed to thousands of RAA members in the region. Other regular users of the road network in the region can also complete the survey online by visiting:

The Murraylands Regional Road Assessment survey closes on Monday October 25.