Several homes in the Adelaide Hills will have to be bulldozed to make way for a new roundabout.
The final road re-alignment plan has been released for the $5m project in Nairne at the notorious corner of Woodside Rd and Old Princes Highway.
The State Government has notified nine households that their properties will be affected (including whole and partial), and has urged them to comply for the community’s ‘greater good’, saying they will be compensated.
Some residents are unhappy, claiming they have not been appropriately consulted or notified of compensation expectations.
Last year the Marshall Liberal Government announced a road-realignment and roundabout had been identified as the preferred solution for the Nairne intersection upgrade, following initial consultation and preliminary planning works.
“Land acquisition is almost always required when we undertake infrastructure upgrades of this magnitude and while it is not ideal, it is necessary to deliver the best possible infrastructure for the broader community," said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
Member for Kavel Dan Cregan said the land acquisition process was one of the final steps before major construction works.
“We are very grateful to affected homeowners for the massive contribution they are making to fixing one of the worst intersections in the Hills,” said Mr Cregan.
“We need to be mindful that affected homeowners are giving up a great deal for the benefit of the whole community.”
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