Construction has begun at the Southern Interchange for the $985 million Northern Connector project which will link the Northern Expressway with the South Road Superway and Port River Expressway in South Australia.
The Northern Connector will be a six-lane, 15.5km motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.
The project includes the construction of four interchanges, the Southern Interchange, Northern Interchange, Waterloo Corner Interchange and Bolivar Interchange.
The project will help drive economic growth, including substantial benefits for freight and farming transport operators, as well as strengthen local communities and stimulate urban renewal.
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, said Lendlease had formed a partnership with a number of local South Australian contractors to deliver the Northern Connector project, including Catcon, McMahon Services, LR&M Constructions, SEM Civil (Salisbury Earthmovers) and Intract Australia.
“These partnerships demonstrate a new standard in leveraging local industry and employment benefits as part of this almost one-billion dollar investment by the South Australian and Australian Governments,” Mr Weatherill said.
“Within the Southern Interchange, several local northern Adelaide based sub-contractors have already been engaged by Lendlease to deliver plant equipment and labour hire services.”
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan, said as construction ramps up, the Northern Connector project is expected to support 480 jobs a year.
“Our commitment that at least 50 per cent of all jobs will be filled by northern suburbs residents ensures that locals stand to gain most from the job opportunities created by this massive infrastructure investment,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Aboriginal workers, long-term unemployed people and trainees are among some of the people who’ve already benefitted from preliminary works including trial embankments, a realignment of the Kings and Bolivar roads intersection and an upgrade at the St Kilda and Robinson roads intersection.”
The Australian Government is committing $788 million to the project, with $197 million provided by the South Australian Government.