Torrens Road to River Torrens Lowered Motorway to open to traffic
More South Australian motorists will have an easier commute from tomorrow with the opening of the $801 million North-South Corridor—Torrens Road to River Torrens (T2T) project.
Currently up to 52,000 vehicles use this section of the North-South Corridor every day. The finished roadway will now able to cater for anticipated growth of up to 115,000 vehicles.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the T2T project will improve freight efficiency, drive economic growth and boost productivity to help build a stronger South Australian economy.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to support jobs and grow the South Australian economy,” Minister Tudge said.
“It will help bust congestion for motorists each and every day to keep the city moving.”
During construction the T2T supported local businesses and provided 480 jobs.
Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall said the State Government was committed to completing the North-South Corridor.
“Whilst the opening of the T2T motorway to traffic is an important milestone for the overall North-South Corridor, the job is not done yet. We have begun the initial works for the next section of the North-South Corridor, the $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street project,” Premier Marshall said.
“The new State Government is committed to working constructively with the Commonwealth Government to secure more Federal funding to deliver productive infrastructure projects that will grow our economy and support jobs growth here in South Australia.”
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the T2T project would slash travel times and reduce traffic congestion.
“The lowered motorway will decrease travel times for South Australians when travelling between Torrens Road and the River Torrens,” Mr Knoll said.
“Once again I'd like to thank the local community for their patience throughout the construction phase as they've dealt with traffic disruptions over the past few years.”
Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the project would position Adelaide to be a more desirable city to live and do business, while also improving access to key industrial and residential growth areas.
“The Coalition Government's investment towards the North-South Corridor has and will continue to support hundreds of local jobs,” Senator Birmingham said.
“The North-South Corridor has strategic importance for the future of South Australia and Adelaide by connecting communities and making employment centres more accessable.”
The upgrade has delivered a four-kilometre section of non-stop roadway along one of the busiest sections of the North-South Corridor.
The works also include a three-kilometre section of lowered motorway, providing three lanes in each direction from Overland Road to Hindmarsh Avenue.
Six intersection upgrades, an overpass of the Outer Harbour rail line as well as improved cycling and pedestrian routes were also completed as part of this project.
The $801 million North-South Corridor—Torrens Road to River Torrens project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $400.5 million and the South Australian Government contributing $400.5 million.