AN alliance involving Leighton Contractors, Aurecon Australia and York Civil has been selected by the South Australian and Australian governments as the preferred consortium to design and construct major works for the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project on the North-South Corridor in Adelaide.
As part of the $896 million project, Australian Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs said a new exit point to the north of Hawker Street has been identified for the non-stop motorway portion of the project from Torrens Road to the River Torrens.
"We are getting on with building better projects at less cost to taxpayers with the lowered section of road now extended by an extra 600 metres," Mr Briggs said.
"There will be no increase to the project cost, which involves a 3 kilometre section of non-stop road between Torrens Road in Ridleyton and Ashwin Parade in Torrensville, with a 2 kilometre section of lowered road.
"Our joint $1.5 billion investment to build both the Torrens Road to River Torrens upgrade and the Darlington Interchange will create hundreds of local jobs and drive economic growth by improving the capacity of Adelaide's transport network."
The lowered non-stop motorway will provide three lanes in each direction, set approximately 8 metres below the existing surface of South Road, and motorists will avoid intersections with Port Road, Grange Road and Hawker Street, and the Outer Harbor rail crossing.
South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the new road would cater for more than twice the volume of traffic which currently uses the road.
"Today up to 52,000 vehicles a day use the road but once completed this section of the North-South Corridor will be able to cater for projected growth of up to 115,000," Mr Mullighan said.
"This project will also increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists with improved footpaths and improved connections to cycling routes such as the Outer Harbor Greenway. It will cut travel times for motorists and other road users while improving traffic flows and reducing congestion on Port and Grange roads."
Construction of the Torrens Road to River Torrens project is due to start in mid-2015 and the project is due for completion by the end of 2018. The Australian and South Australian governments are each providing $448 million to deliver the upgrade.
Photo: Artist's impression of Torrens Road / Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.