Situation

Victor Harbor is South Australia’s most popular seaside town, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, 80km south of Adelaide CBD. With approximately 15,000 permanent residents and annual visitor numbers of 1,248,000* significantly increases the number of vehicles utilising roads throughout the area.

  • The intersection of Swains Crossing Rd and Pages Rd, Victor Harbor is between a Y intersection in both directions which, given poor lighting makes it difficult to gauge approaching traffic.
  • The intersection / crossing is a ‘blind corner’ with the darkness further reducing visibility at night, making it difficult to see and judge the speed of on-coming traffic.
  • Multiple serious accidents have occurred on this section of road, too many of these resulting in fatalities.
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Challenges

  • The City of Victor Harbor had a requirement to provide a solution for this dangerous intersection; to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Victor Harbor.
  • Existing infrastructure was unavailable to extend grid connected power to the site.
  • Mains powered street lighting was cost prohibitive due to the location of this intersection / crossing.
  • Using a traditional form of lighting would have caused a lengthy delay of approximately 12 months.

Solution

  • Solar lighting proved to be the most cost effective and timely answer for the Township.
  • Due to the GFS-400 solar street light systems requiring no underground trenching, cabling or service connection, the time-frame for project completion was reduced to under 3 months.
  • The lighting levels obtained met or exceeded the Australian standard classification AS1158.3.1.

CASE STUDY

victor harbor swains trd intersection lighting plan

LIGHTING PLAN

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SUPPORT CAGE

solar powered street lighting of black spot intersection

Result

  • The GFS-400 Solar Street Light is designed to illuminate large areas such as intersections and car parks giving it the wide coverage required for the project.
  • The solar street light has the ability to run all night at full power making it an ideal solution for all types of infrastructure upgrades; where high levels of light are required for security or safety reasons.

Numerous councils around Australia are using Green Frog Systems solar lighting to improve visibility in these black spot areas, intersections and car parks around metropolitan and regional roadways. Read here how The City of Victor Harbor have used solar street lights to illuminate the Swains Crossing Road black spot intersection and improved both local community and visitor safety at this junction.

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“This intersection has been hazardous for our residents for quite some time. Mains powered street lighting was cost prohibitive due to the location of this intersection. We approached Green Frog Systems to design a solar powered street light that would light the intersection and assist in helping to reduce the risk of traffic accidents at this location”.

 

“Since the installation there have been no crashes reported on the road crash register at this location”.

Jodi Roberts
City of Victor Harbor