The interchange on the South Eastern Freeway at Hahndorf was in the spotlight last week during a visit by Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said the Coalition Government had addressed other key road and infrastructure issues on the freeway but was now taking a serious look at the area around Hahndorf and Verdun.
“I was pleased to join the Minister in meeting with the Mount Barker Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) about some of the infrastructure and population issues we’re experiencing,” Ms Downer said.
“I also took the opportunity to show Mr Tudge some of the congestion we have in Hahndorf and how an upgraded freeway interchange would alleviate it, particularly with regard to diverting freight traffic off the main street.
“Since 2013 the Coalition Government has made roads and infrastructure in the Adelaide Hills a priority, investing $16 million on the interchange at Bald Hills Rd, $14 million on the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade project and another $4.5 million on general freeway works and upgrades.
“During the Mayo by-election this year I was also able to secure a commitment of $1 million for a strategic traffic planning study to address congestion, connectivity, freight efficiency and safety in and around Hahndorf.
“The population here is growing, and Hahndorf is also one of the most popular destinations in the Adelaide Hills with more than a million visitors every year.
“There’s a lot of demand on our roads and infrastructure as a result. At the moment, the freeway interchange at Hahndorf is not really meeting our needs and it’s time to complete it.”