THE Australian and South Australian governments last week announced that major works are now under way on the $896 million upgrade of the Torrens Road to River Torrens section of the North-South Corridor.
The 3.7 kilometre upgrade will deliver a three kilometre section of non-stop roadway along one of the busiest sections of the North-South Corridor, significantly reducing congestion and delays.
It also includes a two kilometre section of non-stop lowered motorway as well as an overpass for the Outer Harbor rail line. The project will also deliver six intersection upgrades as well as improved cycling and pedestrian routes.
Currently, 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 up to 115,000.
"The more efficient movement of freight and commuters along the North-South Corridor will drive economic growth and boost productivity to help build a stronger South Australian economy," said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill in a joint statement.
"By improving access to key industrial and residential growth areas, this project will help make Adelaide an even better place to live and do business."
Work on the project is due to be completed by the end of 2018. The Australian and South Australian governments have committed $896 million to construct the project. Each government will contribute $448 million.
Earlier this year, an alliance involving Leighton Contractors, Aurecon Australia and York Civil was selected as the preferred consortium to design and construct the project.
More information about the Torrens Road to River Torrens North-South Corridor Upgrade is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website at <http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/t2t>.
Photo: Artist's impression of Torrens Road / Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.