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Council concerns over Portrush and Magill Roads intersection upgrade

05/03/2020

The Council has resolved to strongly oppose the Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade – Community Consultation Plan.

In its submission to the State Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), the Council will set out its opposition to the project and in particular:

  • the expense of $98 million to only save up to 90 seconds in waiting time;
  • destroy the local amenity and built form of the area,
  • create potentially dangerous bottle necks at Dover Street and Beulah Road; and
  • not addressing the major issue being the volume of large trucks now using and projected to use Portrush Road.

The Council will also outline other concerns which it has about the project, including:

  • the potential loss and suffering that may be experienced by residents and businesses, including loss of property value and loss of amenity due to increased traffic volumes, noise and air pollution, and less ease of access to properties;
  • a major increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the demolition of 43 dwellings and business premises due to loss of their embedded energy and the road construction process;
  • the long-term environmental cost of increased heat island effect due to the expanse of bitumen and concrete; and
  • a reduction in convenience and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Importantly, the Council is also very concerned with the loss of 40-50 mature trees which will need to be removed to accommodate the project.

In addition, the Council also expressed its disappointment and concern with the lack of and delay in undertaking appropriate consultation and engagement with the Council and local community which in turn has led to the presentation of the project as ‘fait accompli’.

On behalf of the Council, Mayor Robert Bria has urged DPTI to consider all alternative options to achieve its traffic and safety objectives rather than simply pursue the option which has been presented.

“The Council welcomes the opportunity for further engagement and in particular the opportunity to work with DPTI to minimise the negative impact on the local community, the loss of trees and in particular ensure the best outcome for our community.”

The full submission will be available on the Council’s website on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Notes to editors:

The Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade Project was jointly announced by the Federal and South Australian Governments in March 2019 with major construction expected to commence in early 2021.

According to the DPTI, the intersection upgrade aims to improve travel times, safety for all users, network reliability and economic productivity.