Finally! New overpass at Waterloo corner has opened
A key element of the $885 million Northern Connector project opened on tuesday morning.
The six-lane, 5.5 km motorway links multiple popular highways and expressways across the state.
The new overpass opened to traffic at about 6am from Waterloo Corner, in Adelaide's north.
Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the project provides a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway, Port River Expressway and the Salisbury Highway.
The Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass will open at 6am Tues 26 March, providing a new signalised access to St Kilda & surrounding areas. Following this opening, St Kilda Rd will be permanently closed to through traffic from Port Wakefield Rd from 6am Fri 29 March. pic.twitter.com/i1MK12Ulx6— DPTI South Australia (@DPTI_SA) March 25, 2019
"It forms part of the coalition government's $5.3 billion investment in public transport and road infrastructure across South Australia," he said in a statement.
About 14,000 tonnes of asphalt and 650,000 tonnes of fill were required to build the interchange.
The federal government has committed $708 million to the project, while $177 million is being put in by the South Australian government.
SA Transport Minister Stephen Knoll said the government continues to grow its investment in infrastructure.
"As the Northern Connector project reaches its job's peak, it's important the government continue to add to the record infrastructure pipeline of works in South Australia," he said.
"The 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."
The project is scheduled for completion in late-2019.
- via AAP
Construction on the $885m Northern Connector has reached a milestone, with the Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass opening to traffic tomorrow. Once complete, the Northern Connector will provide a vital freight and commuter link, cutting travel times and improving safety. pic.twitter.com/VPCTxYQlYr— Steven Marshall, MP (@marshall_steven) March 25, 2019