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No Start Date Yet For Tulloch Road Upgrade

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Local Infrastructure / Building Communities / Roads


  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Oct 26, 2018
No Start Date Yet For Tulloch Road Upgrade

Local MP Tony Piccolo concerned that no start date has been set for Tulloch Road upgrade despite funding approved almost 12 months ago by the previous State Labor Government.


Despite funding having been secured back in November last year, a start date for the installation of traffic lights at the Tulloch Road / Main North Road intersection has not yet been confirmed.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, is disappointed with the lack of progress at the intersection adjacent the Gawler Green Shopping Centre.

“The road safety risks and frustration presented by the traffic congestion at this intersection have not gone away”, Mr Piccolo said.

At a parliamentary Public Works Committee hearing last Thursday, Mr Piccolo was surprised to learn of the project’s timelines.

“Construction is not scheduled to begin until the 2nd quarter of 2019, and the works are not expected to be completed until the end-of-2019”, Mr Piccolo said.

“The project has been funded for almost a year, so why hasn’t a suitable contractor been found and works commenced already?”

While critical of the project’s timelines, Mr Piccolo emphasised that his criticisms were not directed to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s (DPTI) but rather the new Marshall Liberal Government that has destabilised the Department through sackings and budget cuts.

“For about six months DPTI have not had a Chief Executive Officer who was axed by the incoming Marshall Liberal Government.”

“This lack of leadership has clearly not helped DPTI meet its project targets.”

“DPTI are in the process of combining the works at this intersection with the road traffic upgrades associated with the Gawler East Link Road at the Potts Road and Main North Road intersection.

Upgrading both intersections at the same time will lessen the traffic disruption associated with these projects”, Mr Piccolo said.

“But service relocation works at the Potts Road / Main North Road intersection have already commenced. So why couldn’t a contractor have already commenced works at the Tulloch Road intersection as well?”

Last year Mr Piccolo lobbied strongly to have the project funded, with over 30,000 people joining in the social media and doorknocking campaign in some one, as they concerned about the safety and amenity of the busy Tulloch Road intersection.

This pressure contributed to the previous State Labor Government’s decision to commit $4 million for the installation of traffic lights to assist vehicles entering and exiting the Gawler Green Shopping Centre.


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