THE major contract to design and build the 15.5-kilometre Northern Connector project has been awarded to preferred contractor Lendlease, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan announced last week.
"The Northern Connector will provide enormous productivity benefits for freight travelling between Adelaide and the northern, western and eastern parts of South Australia, as well as to and from other states," Mr Mullighan said.
The $985 million Northern Connector project is part of the 78-kilometre North-South Corridor, stretching from Gawler in the north to Old Noarlunga in the south. The Northern Connector project includes:
- Four road interchanges: Northern Interchange at Port Wakefield Road/Northern Expressway, Waterloo Corner Interchange at Port Wakefield Road/Waterloo Corner Road, Bolivar Interchange at Port Wakefield Road/Bolivar Road and Southern Interchange at Port River Expressway, South Road Superway and Salisbury Highway Connector.
- A 15.5 kilometre motorway connecting the Northern Expressway and PortWakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway, with three lanes in each direction.
- A 16 kilometre long, three metre wide separated shared used path for cyclists and pedestrians that will connect to the existing 23 kilometre long path adjacent to the Northern Expressway.
Major works are expected to start in the third quarter of this year and the project is scheduled for completion in December 2019.
The Australian Government is committing $788 million to the project, with $197 million from the South Australian Government.