By James Gratton
Last updated on: August 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm
Despite COVID-19 putting significant pressure on our state, work on major road projects are still going ahead.
From the South Eastern Freeway to the Springbank Rd upgrade, this is the current status of upgrades taking place across SA.
The Darlington Upgrade Project opened in late July, slashing commute times for thousands of drivers.
The $620-million project includes a non-stop motorway underneath Flinders Drv and Sturt Rd.
It’s expected to be used by around 73,000 motorists each day, according to the state government.
South Eastern Freeway
Work to convert an emergency lane into a third travel lane on the South Eastern Freeway officially kicked off in early August.
The additional lane, between Stirling and Crafers, will help to ease congestion caused by buses, reduce travel times and improve driver safety.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting, with additional testing to take place in early 2021.
Drivers are being urged to take extra care as road workers are present on the section of the freeway throughout the week.
Goodwood, Springbank and Daws Rd Intersection upgrade
The state government is set to spend $60 million on the upgrade of Springbank, Daws and Goodwood roads.
Currently, the intersection is configured as two separate T-junctions about 120m apart.
This layout creates significant congestion in both directions and creates safety issues for drivers, with 50 reported crashes in the past 5 years.
Preliminary works started on the project in early June, with the entire upgrade expected to be finished by the end of 2021.
The Flinders Link will provide a rail connection to Flinders University, as well a pedestrian and cycle path over South Rd.
Work on the project is expected to be finished later this year.
Regency Rd to Pym St
The Regency Rd to Pym St motorway will connect the Torrens-to-Torrens Underpass to the South Rd Superway.
Work on the $354-million project started late last year, with its completion expected in 2022.
The upgrade will provide drivers with three lanes in each direction, helping to reduce congestion during peak-hour traffic.
Gawler East Link Road
The Gawler East Link Rd, which will reduce congestion in the local area, is expected to open to traffic later this year.
The $55-million upgrade will give drivers direct access from Gawler East to Main North Rd without having to pass through the Gawler town centre.
The project also includes a bridge over South Para River and two new roundabouts.
Golden Grove Rd
A $20-million upgrade of Golden Grove Rd between One Tree Hill Rd and Park Lake Drive is expected to be finished later this year.
A new roundabout at the intersection of Golden Grove Rd and Hancock Rd was opened last week, as a part of the project, while work on road widening, footpaths and kerbs are still progressing.
Construction of additional lanes at the intersection of Golden Grove Rd, The Grove Way and Yatala Vale Rd is yet to start.
Work is expected to start on these projects later this year:
Joy Baluch AM Bridge duplication
Port Wakefield overpass/duplication
Main North Rd/Kings Rd/McIntyre Rd upgrade
Ovingham Grade Separation