Torrens to Torrens project under budget and ahead of schedule

19 January 2018

SA Government: The $801 million Torrens to Torrens project is expected to be finished months ahead of schedule, with approximately 80 per cent of the project now complete.

The project was expected to be completed by the end of 2018 but is now expected to open to traffic by September, weather permitting.

To date more than 2.1 million on-site hours have been worked on the project with more than 95 per cent completed by South Australians.

More than 28 percent of the on-site labour hours have been undertaken by workers from target groups including apprentices and trainees, people facing barriers to employment, ex-automotive employees and Aboriginal workers.

In addition, South Australian companies are being used on the project to provide materials and services, more than $185 million of work packages have been awarded to local businesses to the end of 2017 almost 98 percent of the total value of works packages awarded so far.

Excavation of the three-kilometre lowered motorway is more than two thirds complete with approximately 250,000 cubic metres of soil already removed enough to fill approximately 100 Olympic-size swimming pools.


The Torrens to Torrens project is delivering a four kilometre non-stop section of South Road between Torrens Road and the River Torrens.

It includes a three kilometre lowered motorway under Hawker Street and the Torrens, Port and Grange road intersections, as well as a rail overpass for the Outer Harbor line and a shared use pedestrian and cycling bridge.

The $801 million project is being jointly funded with the Australian Government committing up to $400.5 million and South Australian Government $400.5 million.

Construction began in August 2015. For more information visit the Torrens to Torrens website,

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

This is fantastic news for the people of the western suburbs, the freight industry and anyone who uses this section of South Road. Its also a credit to all of the workers and businesses involved in this project, nearly all of which are from South Australia.

Completing the Torrens to Torrens project ahead of schedule will deliver the benefits to road users much sooner, while it also means an end in sight to delays and inconvenience, especially for local residents, which are an inevitable part of a project of this size.

Not only did we manage to extend the project past Torrens Road within the existing budget, we also reallocated almost $100 million of savings to deliver the $174.3 million Oaklands Crossing Project.]

Over the next six months the construction of the lowered motorway will continue and the surface roads will be completed, along with the upgrade of the Croydon Railway Station.

This project will not only deliver significant benefits for more than 50,000 vehicles which use this part of South Road every day, its also supporting hundreds of South Australian jobs and providing many millions of dollars of economic benefits to our State.

The State Labor Government is proudly putting South Australian jobs first.




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