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Get ahead – Plan your Easter travel

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

23 March 2016

Department Chief Operating Officer, Paul Gelston said travellers returning from Yorke Peninsula and the north of the State can use an alternative route to avoid congestion around the town of Port Wakefield.

“We encourage drivers to plan ahead and consider an alternative route when returning on the public holiday”, Mr Gelston said.

“The signposted detour through Lochiel, Balaklava, Mallala and Two Wells is intended for light vehicles only and is about 25 kilometres longer from the Ninnes Road turn off prior to Paskeville.

“From Lochiel, the route is approximately the same distance via Highway One as it is for the alternative route to Two Wells.

“From the Copper Coast Highway the alternate route provides drivers the option to turn left onto Ninnes Road just prior to Paskeville through to Lochiel.

“At Lochiel, the alternate route follows the Augusta Highway to the Nantawarra turn off, then along the Nantawarra Road to Balaklava.

The alternate route continues via the Balaklava Road to Mallala and then the Mallala - Two Wells Road to Two Wells, where it re-joins Highway One”, he said.

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Mr Gelston also advised motorists to be aware of safety over the long weekend.

“Motorists should allow plenty of time for their journeys, drive to the conditions of the roads and observe speed limits

“We also ask drivers in particular to consider the safety of all road users and don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs”, he said

Mr Gelston also appealed to boaties to be safe over the Easter period. “Everyone on board and especially children must wear a correctly sized and fitted personal flotation device”, he said.

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Easter weekend will also see the much-anticipated start of the footy season, and fans are reminded to check the Adelaide Metro website, for Footy Express timetables.

“The Easter weekend is a great opportunity to get out and about, and the Department wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable break”, Mr Gelston said.