THE community will be asked to comment on plans to spend $310,000 on upgrading Old Caves Rd on Naracoorte's southern outskirts.
Naracoorte Lucindale Council has designed plans to fix a 2km section of the dilapidated road from south of Pinkerton Rd to about Pistol Club Rd.
The intersection with Pinkerton Rd has been excluded as this has been identified for a separate upgrade in future years.
In a report to last week's council meeting, director of operations and technical services Phil Burton described the road as "formed and surfaced with bitumen, although some sections are narrow and the road pavement and surface have severely deteriorated and are no longer meeting desired service levels".
Mr Burton said the plans had the following features:
- 8m wide pavement with a 6.2m wide bitumen seal and 0.9m wide shoulders.
- Raised pavement and improved cross fall.
- Reshape longitudinal drainage.
- Removal of adjacent vegetation where necessary and clear side drains.
At the meeting, Cr Ken Schultz said with the current push for bike trails, perhaps the road could be widened even further and have bike lanes either side.
Mr Burton said the road reserve was too narrow for the pavement to be any wider, and it was also a very important drainage site, so there was "no provision or option of bike lanes".
Cr Ken Banning argued that bikes were entitled to go on every roadway in Australia anyway, so he didn't understand why special provision needed to be made for them.
Cr John Flynn said with the road being promoted as a tourist route associated with the Naracoorte Caves, the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure needed to be lobbied to lower the speed limit to 80km/h.
The design plans will be displayed on the council website and will also be available at the council office for the public to provide comment and feedback.