Tender call for early works on North-South Corridor

Media Release

JB002/2015

09 January 2015

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

The Australian and South Australian Governments have announced the tender call for an early works project for the North-South Corridor.

Assistant Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, said the $11.3 million upgrade of Park Terrace, Fitzroy Terrace and Torrens Road would create new continuous lanes to ease congestion during construction of the Torrens to Torrens Project.

“Park Terrace and Fitzroy Terrace will become three lanes in each direction between Port Road and Prospect Road, with an extra city-bound lane also included on Torrens Road,” Mr Briggs said.

“Traffic lights will direct right-hand turns from Park Terrace into both Hawker Street and War Memorial Drive, with provision for a bicycle path through the Parklands.

“These vital upgrades will support the $896 million Torrens to Torrens Project which will slash travel times for motorists, boost freight efficiency and create hundreds of new local jobs.

“This is another example of two governments delivering on our shared plan to create new jobs and grow the South Australian economy so everyone can prosper.”

The South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan, said the upgrade would improve capacity and reduce delays for the tens of thousands of motorists who use the roads.

“About 73,000 vehicles use the Torrens Road intersection each day and more than 40,000 use Park and Fitzroy terraces.” Mr Mullighan said.

“These works will cater for more traffic when the Torrens to Torrens work begins.

“The project will support around 20 full-time equivalent jobs during construction, which is expected to start in March and be completed by August 2015, weather permitting.

Mr Mullighan said the tender would be conducted in line with the State Government's Industry Participation Policy, which assists small and medium South Australian businesses to win government construction contracts.

“Helping local businesses win government work means more jobs for South Australians and a greater economic benefit to South Australia from our infrastructure projects,” he said.

The tender closes on February 3.