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.
If you’re looking for how to navigate the project, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport has prepared a series of videos to help.
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 early 2021, weather permitting.
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 in late 2020.
Regency Rd to Pym St
The Regency Rd to Pym St motorway will connect the Torrens-to-Torrens lowered motorway 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 3 non-stop lanes in each direction, helping to improve travel times and reduce congestion during peak-hour traffic.
Gawler East Link Rd
The Gawler East Link Rd (Schomburgk Drive) opened on 18 October 2020. Its aim is to reduce congestion in the local area and allow for future population growth in Gawler East.
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. Please be advised that Schomburgk Drive is designed as a local collector road and is subject to a 50km/h speed limit.
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 recently opened as a part of the project, while work on road widening, footpaths and kerbs are still progressing.
Stage 2 of the project has now been announced with $30 million additional funding going towards:
- construction of additional lanes at the intersection of Golden Grove Rd, The Grove Way and Yatala Vale Rd
- cycle lanes, footpaths, lighting and drainage upgrades; and
- intersection upgrades at Grenfell Road, Milne Road, Highgrove Road and North East Road.
Work is expected to start on these projects in late 2020/early 2021:
- Flagstaff Rd upgrade
- Grand Junction Rd and Briens Rd upgrade
- Joy Baluch AM Bridge duplication
- Main North Rd, Kings Rd and McIntyre upgrade
- Main North Rd and Nottage Tce upgrade
- Ovingham Grade Separation; and
- Port Wakefield overpass and duplication.