State and Commonwealth partner in $1.5bn North-South corridor upgrade

Source: South Australian Government - www.premier.sa.gov.au

14 May 2014

The South Australian Government today welcomed Commonwealth funding for the $896 million Torrens to Torrens and $620 million Darlington upgrades, ensuring more than $1.5 billion in North-South Corridor improvements for road users will go ahead.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the projects will address two key locations along the corridor and bring significant travel and economic benefits to the state.

“The State Government will commit funding of $572 million, which will provide the opportunity for us to undertake these two vital upgrades at the same time,” Mr Mullighan said.

“The Commonwealth has committed $448 million for the Torrens to Torrens upgrade, and $496 million for the Darlington upgrade as part of the Federal budget.”

Minister Mullighan said extensive negotiations and planning has meant the two projects can secure local jobs and industry involvement over the next several years.

“After ongoing and productive negotiations between myself and the Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs, we are very pleased the Commonwealth is funding both upgrades,” Mr Mullighan said.

“It beggars belief that State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall today attempted to claim some sort of credit for the Commonwealth’s decision.

“As voters and western suburbs residents’ will be aware, Mr Marshall’s claim to have supported the Torrens to Torrens upgrade is an absolute furphy – he has been irrelevant to the process.

“He and Vickie Chapman know full well that ahead of the state election their party pledged to redirect $448 million in state funding promised for Torrens to Torrens to the Darlington project, leaving western suburbs residents out in the cold.

“South Australians should not be fooled by this shifty attempt to take credit for something they had nothing to do with, and in fact just months ago actively opposed.”

Minister Mullighan said the projects will fast-track the North-South Corridor improvements, and bring the State Government’s vision of a free-flowing corridor identified in the Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan closer to fruition

“The two projects will significantly improve connectivity for the rapidly expanding industrial and residential growth areas in the north and the south, providing new opportunities for economic development," Mr Mullighan said.

“Projects of this magnitude will also bring significant employment opportunities for South Australians; it is estimated that approximately 850 jobs a year will be supported.”

The 3.7 kilometre Torrens to Torrens South Road upgrade between Torrens Road and the River Torrens will provide travel time savings of 3 to 6 minutes, and will include:

The 2.3 kilometre section of road between the Southern Expressway and Ayliffes Road at Darlington will also improve travel times by 2 minutes for north-south travel to and from the Southern Expressway through the following upgrades:

Both projects are expected to be completed in 2018

 

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