Calls for Victoria Parade traffic light investigation

TRAGEDY: The island in the middle of Victoria Parade has been covered in flowers to honour a young boy who was fatally struck by a car in May.
TRAGEDY: The island in the middle of Victoria Parade has been covered in flowers to honour a young boy who was fatally struck by a car in May.

Port Augusta City Council wants the ongoing Victoria Parade investigation to look into the possibility of installing traffic lights to improve pedestrian safety.

The request comes after state Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan wrote to his colleague, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephan Knoll, about investigating a possible speed limit reduction along Victoria Parade near several fast food outlets.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan has backed Council’s request, writing again to Mr Knoll, this time calling for an investigation into both traffic lights at the Victoria Parade and Howard Street intersection, and a reduced speed limit.

Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson said it was important to make sure all options were being investigated.

“Council is not advocating for traffic lights. We’re not saying it is the best option or it should happen,” he explained. 

“But we’re saying that if you’re going to have a look at that site, then perhaps this is another option you need to look at, as opposed to just reducing the speed limit.” 

While pushing for action on the dangerous stretch of road, Mr van Holst Pellekaan remained wary that a speed reduction could cause more confusion for motorists.

Mayor Johnson echoed these sentiments and said it was ultimately up to state government to find a resolution.

“The next part to that debate is, do we actually need to do anything at all?” he said.

“DPTI staff are the experts. They’re the ones that deal with this each and every day. We’re just making sure that all options are available.”

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) continues to investigate the location as part of a Crash Scene Investigation (CSI) following a fatal accident resulting in the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy.

The main road is a traffic hot spot, with vehicles that travel along the highway passing through the area and often stopping at fast food outlets.