Goodwood/Springbank/Daws intersection upgrade springs into life
The Federal Coalition and South Australian Governments have today announced $35 million to deliver the long-awaited Goodwood/Springbank/Daws intersection upgrade, to improve safety and reduce travel times for motorists.
The project will be jointly and equally funded and will consist of an upgrade to the existing staggered T-junction, with construction expected to start in 2020 and be completed in 2022.
The upgrade will bust congestion and reduce travel times, especially in peak periods, with approximately 60,000 vehicles traveling through the intersections each day.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrades would get the people of Adelaide home sooner and safer.
“The important thing is that people are spending less time on the road and more time with their loved ones,” said Mr Tudge.
“This will help families and businesses get back that valuable time.
“It is also why we have invested $5.3 billion in public transport and road infrastructure that has alleviated the pressure across Adelaide and South Australia.”
Premier Steven Marshall said that the State Government’s collaborative and constructive working relationship with the Federal Government was continuing to pay dividends for South Australia.
“The State Liberal Government has continued to forge a strong relationship with the Federal Government to secure funding for key infrastructure projects,” said Premier Marshall.
“This latest project adds to the record $11.3 billion pipeline of infrastructure works announced in our first State Budget.
“This included partnering with Federal Government to deliver the $354 million Pym Street to Regency Road section of the North-South Corridor and a further $220 million for Stage 2 of the Gawler Line electrification project.”
The previous government announced a planning study for a reconfigured four-way crossroads intersection involving the realignment of Springbank Road with no specific funding or detail.
However, an upgraded staggered T-junction will deliver the same outcomes for a lower cost and reduced land acquisition requirements compared to the previously announced plan.
“Unlike the previous government, the Marshall Government has done its homework and we will deliver the best outcome for motorists and the local community,” said Minister Knoll.
“The previous government failed to allocate specific funding and deliver this project over the last 16 years—by contrast the Marshall Government is getting on with the job and delivering.
“There is a significant volume of traffic which passes through this intersection every day and this intersection upgrade will improve safety and reduce travel times, especially in peak hour.”
Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said she was well aware how important this fix was for the local community as someone who has been stuck at the intersection for decades.
"I have been working hard to see the Springbank Intersection problem solved after years of empty promises from the former Labor Government,” said Ms Flint.
"Fixing this intersection will reduce congestion, making it safer and easier for local residents. It will assist motorists getting to school drop offs, work, and those trying to get to Flinders Medical Centre and to Flinders University.
"I am delighted to be part of the state and federal team delivering another important infrastructure project for my community."
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will work with businesses and residents to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum.