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North Adelaide bound freight to get $51 million boost

  • Posted on Tuesday 4th, June 2019.

The South Australian Government will invest $51 million to bust congestion in the northern suburbs of Adelaide it has announced as part of its 2019-20 State Budget.

Main North, Kings and McIntyre Roads is a vital freight, major traffic and public transport route, with approximately 78,000 motorists travelling through this intersection every day.

It will receive $13 million under a proposal that would include extending or adding right hand turn lanes to improve safety and efficiency.

The intersection of Main North Road and Nottage Terrace, which has been allocated $19 million for upgrades, carries approximately 66,000 vehicles per day and experiences congestion in peak periods, particularly for right hand turns from Main North Road into Nottage Terrace.

An additional right-hand turn lane has been proposed for Main North Road that would involve extension of an existing bus lane.

The intersection of Grand Junction, Hampstead and Briens Roads has been forecasted to be at operational capacity by 2021.

At present 58,000 vehicles per day travel through it.

All approaches to the intersection, according to the Government, require additional capacity before the volume increases. 

Early works are expected to commence in the 2019-20 financial year as
planning works commence shortly in order to determine the preferred option for each intersection.

The Australian Government has committed 50 percent towards upgrading these priority intersections.

“The Marshall Government is continuing to deliver massive infrastructure investment to bust congestion, reduce travel times and make our roads safer,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“These are some of the most congested intersections in Adelaide northern suburbs accommodating between 58,000 and 78,000 vehicles per day and nearing operational capacity," he said.

“Aside from being major arterial roads for the public, they are also key routes for freight traveling through to the north of the city."

“We’re investing $51 million in the next State Budget, in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, to build these intersections, so that South Australians spend less time stuck in traffic and have a faster and safer journey into work or home," said Knoll.

Knoll said in a statement the Government would continue building the infrastructure it needed to support the population growth it wanted to achieve in South Australia.

“This $51 million investment builds on the over $200 million of other intersection upgrades we’ve already announced along Cross Road, Goodwood Road and Portrush Road,” he said.

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