South Australia’s first elevated roadway – the $812 million South Road Superway – is on track to open before the end of this year.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis today visited the site to inspect the progress of construction work.
“South Road – a major north-south corridor through Adelaide’s industrial hub – is currently a traffic jam for productivity,” Mr Albanese said.
“This 2.8 kilometre elevated roadway – the largest road project ever undertaken in South Australia – will cut urban congestion and unlock access to the Port of Adelaide.
“The Superway is part of our record $2.7 billion investment in renewing and rebuilding the state’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.
“All up, Federal Labor has more than doubled annual infrastructure spending from $109 to $272 per South Australian.”
Mr Koutsantonis said more than 40 per cent of the elevated Superway had been lifted into place, with 60 per cent of the supporting piers installed.
“The 83-metre span across Grand Junction Road is the largest span between piers and is now completed, sitting 16 metres above the road below,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“About 25 per cent of all South Australian industry is based in and around this area.
“When complete, this historic project will help us safely move the state’s growing freight task while reducing peak hour traffic congestion.”
Major construction began in April 2011, with the project on track to be completed on time and on budget for December 2013.
The Superway will deliver a 4.8 kilometre non-stop corridor with a 2.8 kilometre elevated roadway between the Port River Expressway to Regency Road.
It forms a key part of the State Government’s vision for a 78 kilometre north-south corridor stretching from Gawler to Old Noarlunga.
For further information visit: www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.