The intersection of Curtis and Heaslip roads at Angle Vale has received the dubious distinction of being nominated the state’s riskiest road junction.
The verdict was delivered by the more than 2000 road users who responded to RAA’s latest Risky Roads survey.
Safety issues raised by respondents were that the intersection lacked crossing or turning opportunities, had no traffic signals and the road surfaced featured potholes and cracks.
The notorious Britannia Roundabout in Adelaide received the second highest number of nominations as a risky intersection.
Sadly, a total of 1687 people were injured in crashes at the top five risky intersections (see table below) in the past five years, according to police data.
RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said the survey highlighted the need for ongoing maintenance of the state’s road network.
“Regular road maintenance is as important as new infrastructure to reduce the risk to road users’ safety,’’ he said.
“We argue that a four-year maintenance fund must be established with a minimum value of $600m to address the outstanding maintenance backlog across the network, and RAA is calling on the winner of the state election in March to commit to this funding.’’
Mr Mountain said the Risky Roads survey helps RAA understand the issues associated with SA’s roads and intersections from a user perspective and advocate for improvements.
“Capturing feedback from people using the roads is critical to helping RAA understand issues with the regional and metropolitan road network and work with authorities to improve road performance and safety for all road users.
“RAA will continue advocating for much-needed improvements to these roads – with some already earmarked for repairs or major upgrades.”
For more on RAA’s road safety initiatives and assessments, visit raa.com.au/roadsafety.