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Templers Road needs fixing: resident
A TEMPLERS resident is calling for a
more permanent fix to a deteriorating
stretch of Templers Road, after she came
close to experiencing a serious head-on
collision due to a large pothole.
Debbie Chandler has driven along Tem-
plers Road, between Templers and Freel-
ing, regularly for several years, and said she
is used to dodging potholes or large crum-
bling pieces of bitumen.
However, on one particular trip, in the
lead-up to the Christmas break, she was
caught by surprise.
"This particular time, I could see a pot-
hole and the oncoming traffic and thought,
'I have nowhere to go'," Mrs Chandler said.
"This pothole had grown over the last
couple of weeks, and had shards and big
lumps of rubble just sitting on the road it-
self, with every car or truck that went past
just kicking it further onto the road.
"So I went over the pothole, holding on...
and it literally threw me off to the other side
of the road.
"Luckily, the oncoming traffic saw what
was happening and slowed down -- it was
just pure luck the break in the traffic hap-
Mrs Chandler described the road, which
is under the management of the Depart-
ment of Planning, Transport and Infrastruc-
ture (DPTI), as a "nightmare", as well as a
source of frustration for fellow motorists.
"It's always been under repair and they
do their patch-up jobs and then they leave it
for a while," she said.
"I put (the topic) up on the Freeling
(Community) Facebook page...and there
have been so many comments on there
about the road and near-misses other people
A DPTI spokesperson said Templers
Road has not been selected by the depart-
ment's Priority System, used to assess ma-
jor resealing/resurfacing projects to receive
However, the potholes on the road, in-
cluding the one Mrs Chandler hit, were
filled in prior to Christmas.
"All DPTI roads are regularly inspected
on a fortnightly basis, with any minor re-
pairs made to ensure the road is maintained
in a safe condition for all road users," a de-
partment spokesperson said.
"Should road users notice an issue requir-
ing immediate attention, they are encour-
aged to contact the department's 24-hour
Traffic Management Centre on 1800 018
313 and the problem will be attended to as
soon as possible."
Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said
the road is one of a number he receives reg-
ular negative feedback about, and it would
benefit under the Liberal Government's
proposal to address a backlog of road infra-
"This road, along with others, such as the
Daveyston Road and Owen Road, south of
Hamley Bridge, are in a disgraceful condi-
tion and are real safety risks for people that
use them," he said.
The last major spray-sealing works on
the road (between Horrocks Highway and
Booker Road) occurred in 2012/13, at a cost
Local roads under spotlight
A SPEED limit reduction along a section of
Thiele Highway and major improvements
to the Horrocks Highway are among the
suggestions put forward by the RAA in its
most recent Regional Road Assessment.
The assessment covers more than 50 roads
and intersections, spanning across the Light
Regional and Barossa Council areas, and
resulted from the distribution and collection
of RAA member surveys, key stakeholder
consultation sessions, and four days of site
investigations by the RAA's 'Road Safety
Surface improvements were recommend-
ed, as a priority, for the "uneven" and "undu-
lating" surface of Horrocks Highway, which
was the second-highest nominated road in
RAA's 2017 Risky Roads campaign.
"From Roseworthy through to Tarlee, fre-
quent undulations and rutting was experi-
enced as well as significant aggregate polish-
ing which may cause the surface to become
slippery especially in wet weather," the re-
"...it is important that Horrocks Highway
is considered for major works to improve the
"The undulations in the road are a ma-
jor safety concern and have the potential to
cause serious incidents such as truck roll-
overs, particularly when they are located
The Thiele Highway was also highlighted
for its undulating surface, with recommen-
dations made for overtaking lanes in each
direction and further Stobie pole protection.
The road's speed limit, near the Hanson
Street and Daveyston Road junction, was
also suggested to be reduced from 100 km/h
to 80 km/h due to high volumes of traffic and
build-up of housing in Freeling.
Closer to Gawler, the assessment suggest-
ed further monitoring of the Kentish and
Redbanks roads intersection, near Xavier
College, and investigating the feasibility of
It also recommended further investigations
to prevent vehicles stopping along Redbanks
Road for the drop-off or collection of stu-
This is the first time the RAA has assessed
the Barossa's tourist areas, with suggestions
made for Gomersal, Seppeltsfield, Greenock
and Lyndoch roads, and for the further im-
plantation of the 'drive on left in Australia'
In December, Light Regional Council, as
part of a report to its Infrastructure Commit-
tee meeting, said it would work through the
recommendations it supported, relating to the
road infrastructure it managed.
THE planned installation of traffic lights
at Evanston's Tulloch Road intersection is
able to start this year, after its funding was
confirmed in the State Government's mid-
year budget review last month.
Member for Light Tony Piccolo said he
was excited about the funding confirmation,
saying the upgrade would ease the traffic
burden around the Gawler Green shopping
centre and improve pedestrian safety.
"Many traders and employees have said
to me that they believe they would see an
increase in patronage when the intersection
was improved," he said.
"People may be choosing to shop in other
locations due to the difficultly in leaving the
Mr Piccolo said, once the traffic lights
have been installed, other traffic issues in
the locality, including along Barnet Road,
adjacent Gawler & District College and the
children's centre, could be sorted out, with
relevant talks already under way.
"The road closures and realignment will
enable the college to consolidate its two
landholdings onto one site," he said.
"The aim is to sort out all the traffic is-
sues so that, once we have the traffic lights
in place, we can help create a safer environ-
ment for the children in the area."
Green light for Tulloch Road upgrade
Motorists, including Templers' Debbie Chandler, are fed up with the temporary fixes to Templers Road
and want an upgrade.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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