Thomas Street-Adelaide Road roundabout not a priority, DPTI tells Murray Bridge council

Concept: DPTI has sketched a rough design for a roundabout at Adelaide Road and Thomas Street, but says it will not be built anytime soon. Image: DPTI.
Concept: DPTI has sketched a rough design for a roundabout at Adelaide Road and Thomas Street, but says it will not be built anytime soon. Image: DPTI.

A push to build a roundabout at a busy Murray Bridge intersection will continue despite a lack of interest from the state government.

Councillor Andrew Baltensperger has been agitating for a roundabout at the corner of Adelaide Road and Thomas Street.

But his campaign was dealt a blow on May 25, when the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) told the Murray Bridge council it was not a priority.

The council will write back, and contact new state minister Stephan Knoll and federal MP Tony Pasin, asking them to reconsider.

Adelaide Road is Murray Bridge's busiest, and an Aldi supermarket under construction on the corner will only add to the volume of traffic.

DPTI has prepared a concept drawing of a roundabout at the intersection, pictured, but its email to the council said projects elsewhere in South Australia were more deserving of funding.

The Thomas Street intersection was not busy enough for an upgrade to be needed, nor had there been many accidents there – just two were recorded between 2013 and 2017, of which one caused an injury.

If there had been five injury crashes, DPTI would consider the intersection a black spot worth fixing.

"Each year the list of candidate projects for funding substantially exceeds the funds available and a priority system is used to determine where funds should be allocated," it said.

"This appoach ensures that the funds available are allocated to the projects where the greatest benefit can be provided to the community as a whole."

Even if funding were found, DPTI said, it could not comply with Cr Baltensperger's request for the work to be done within 12 months.

But Cr Baltensperger argued, and the other councillors agreed, that the department should reconsider.

"This (DPTI) response is a mis-step with which I strenuously disagree," he said.

"This must be a priority project.

"Doing nothing is not an option."