The Federal and South Australian Governments have released Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the construction of $73 million worth of intersection upgrades across Adelaide.
EOIs have been released for the $60 million Goodwood Road, Springbank Road and Daws Road intersection Upgrade and the $13 million Main North Road, Kings and McIntyre Roads Intersection Upgrade.
The upgrades are aimed at easing congestion.
Goodwood Road, Springbank Road and Daws Road intersection upgrade
Goodwood Road is one of southern Adelaide’s major north-south arterial routes, with Springbank Road and Daws Road providing a key east-west connection.
The current intersection is configured as two separate T-junctions, separated approximately 120m, laterally. This off-set configuration slows the flow of traffic in both the north-south and east-west directions, creating congestion and causing safety risks.
With an annual average daily traffic of approximately 60,000 vehicles through the intersection, it is currently operating at capacity in both the AM and PM peak periods with signal phasing and traffic lanes fully utilised creating congestion and causing safety risks.
Between 2014-2018, there were 50 reported crashes, consisting of two serious injury crashes, 18 minor injury crashes, and 30 property damage crashes.
The Springbank-Goodwood-Daws Roads intersection is located near two schools, the Repat, and Bedford Industries.
These upgrades will make it easier for local residents to get to work, schools, shops, or to Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University. Aligning the intersection will also improve safety not only for residents but for school students and other users.
This marks significant progress for the local community, with some residents saying they have waited 40 years to see this intersection aligned.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal and SA Governments and is expected to support approximately 48 full time equivalent jobs per year, over the life of the project.
Early works commenced in June 2020, with major construction expected to commence in late 2020, and be completed by the end of 2021, weather permitting.
Main North Road, Kings and McIntyre Roads intersection upgrade
Main North Road is a major traffic and freight route that connects the northern parts of metropolitan Adelaide with Adelaide’s Central Business District, with both Main North Road and McIntyre Road also identified as major cycling routes.
With an annual average daily traffic of approximately 81,550 vehicles through the intersection, it is currently operating at capacity in both the AM and PM peak periods with signal phasing and traffic lanes fully utilised creating congestion and causing safety risks.
Between 2014-2018, there have been 77 reported crashes, consisting of one fatality, two serious injury crashes, 23 minor injury crashes, and 51 property damage crashes.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal and SA Governments, and is expected to support approximately 16 full time equivalent jobs per year, over the life of the project.
Early works are expected to commence in the coming months, with major construction expected to commence in late 2020. Project completion is expected in mid-2021, weather permitting.
Creating jobs and making commutes faster and safer
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said investment in infrastructure would play a critical role in the Federal Government’s JobMaker plan and help the South Australian economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want construction underway on priority upgrades that will bust congestion, increase productivity, improve safety, and boost jobs at a time we need it most,” Mr Tudge said.
SA Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, Stephan Knoll, said these important intersection upgrades were part of the South Australian Government’s $12.9 billion pipeline of job creating infrastructure works.
“We are delivering a record level of infrastructure over the next four years to build better roads, safer roads and reduce travel times around Adelaide,” Mr Knoll said.
“These road and intersection upgrades will improve safety for all roads users and reduce travel times to help get South Australians home faster and safer.”