Sep 27, 2008

Planning Study for Non-Stop South Rd Corridor

Planning Study for Non-Stop South Rd Corridor

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

The Hon Patrick Conlon

SA Minister for Transport

September 29 2008

Tenders have been called for a Planning Study for the South Road Upgrade, Grand Junction Road to Port River Expressway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said upgrading of the existing South Road, between Grand Junction Road and the Port River Expressway was a significant transport initiative that will meet the arterial road network demands into the future for freight and passenger vehicles.

“The upgrade will create a non-stop two kilometre long corridor utilising grade separation at South Terrace, the Wingfield railway line, Cormack Road and Grand Junction Road. It will run along the existing alignment of South Road,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Government’s funding of this planning study is part of the $12.6 million committed in the May 2008 Federal Budget for planning work on South Road.”

South Australian Minister for Transport, Patrick Conlon, said South Road was one of the most important components of the road transport system in metropolitan Adelaide.

“This link provides connections to the major intermodal transport hubs of Adelaide Airport, Port Adelaide, Outer Harbor and the Islington Rail Terminal, as well as providing access to the bulk of Adelaide’s industry activity in the north west section,” Mr Conlon said.

“An efficient non stop north-south corridor is crucial for freight and the economy.”

“The upgrade of this section of South Road will also improve road safety by use of grade separation and will deliver environmental benefits by reducing stop-start travel.”

A Request for Tender was published on 23 September 2008 with a further request to be published this weekend. They include provision of planning, environmental impact assessment, community involvement and concept design services.

The Australian Government will provide $500 million in funding between now and 2014 to construct South Road flyovers at the major bottlenecks of:

  • Grand Junction Road;
  •  Cormack Road and the Wingfield railway line; and
  •  Sturt Road.

The Australian Government commitment includes $70 million to plan for a traffic light-free road all the way from the Southern Expressway to the Port River Expressway.