Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass set to open

Construction on the $885 million Northern Connector project has reached a significant new milestone, with the Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass set to open tomorrow.

The announcement comes as the Northern Connector reaches its jobs peak, with around 640 workers currently on site.

The new overpass will take traffic from Waterloo Corner and Port Wakefield Roads over the Northern Connector, currently under construction, providing a safer, signalised access to and from St Kilda and surrounding areas.

Once the Northern Connector project is complete, approximately 10,000 vehicles are expected to use the Waterloo Corner Interchange each day.

The overpass will open to traffic at 6am on Tuesday, March 26.

Following this, St Kilda Road will be permanently closed to through-traffic from Port Wakefield Road from 6am on Friday, March 29.

Signage will be in place to advise motorists of the changed conditions.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the progress was welcome news for the Northern Connector project.

“The $885 million Northern Connector project is a six-lane, 15.5 km motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway, Port River Expressway and the Salisbury Highway,” said Minister Tudge.

It forms part of the Coalition Government’s $5.3 billion investment in public transport and road infrastructure across Adelaide and South Australia.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the Marshall Government was continuing to grow its record $11.3 billion investment in infrastructure.

“As the Northern Connector project reaches its job’s peak, it’s important that the Marshall Government has continued to add to the record infrastructure pipeline of works in South Australia,” said Minister Knoll.

“There are a number of projects that will soon come online and support more construction jobs in South Australia.

“These projects include the $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street project, the $90 million Port Wakefield overpass project, the $200 million Joy Baluch Bridge project, the recently announced $194 million worth of congestion busting projects around the metropolitan area and many more.

“The Marshall Government has been working hard and working collaboratively with the Federal Government to secure new funding for projects to provide a continuous pipeline of construction work and jobs.”

Senator Anne Ruston said the Northern Connector project focus has been on delivering benefits to the South Australian community.

“A significant amount of local materials were used in the construction of the overpass bridge, employing local Northern Adelaide residents and companies,” said Senator Ruston.

“The 12 bridge beams installed were precast by South Australian company Bianco Precast, using materials from South Australian suppliers.”

Approximately 14,000 tonnes of asphalt and 650,000 tonnes of fill were required to complete the interchange. Major works contractor Lendlease also appointed local contractor LR&M as a key Industry Partner for the delivery of the interchange works, including the earthworks and bridge construction.

For more information, visit the Northern Connector website, or follow DPTI’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DPTISA) for regular project updates.