The final road bridge of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens project is now open to traffic, bringing improved connectivity to Adelaide’s major freight and transport hubs one step closer, according to the South Australian Government.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher visited the Torrens Road Bridge and said that works were progressing well following the recent opening of the Hawker Street road bridge and the Cedar Avenue pedestrian bridge.
“This project will improve freight productivity and cut travel times by better linking the Port of Adelaide, Adelaide Airport, the Islington intermodal terminal and other freight facilities through a four-kilometre, non-stop roadway between Ashwin Parade, Torrensville and Pym Street, Croydon Park,” said Mr. Fletcher.
“The Torrens to Torrens project is one of three key elements, in conjunction with the Darlington Upgrade and Northern Connector projects, being delivered along the North-South Corridor to keep the city moving.
“Not only will these projects deliver future productivity to South Australia, but they are also delivering for the economy now, with the Torrens to Torrens project alone expected to support 480 jobs during the construction phase,” he said.
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mulligan said the opening of Torrens Road Bridge would see excavation works progress along the entire length of the new lowered motorway.
“The new bridge, at the intersection of South Road and Torrens Road, was built in two stages and included excavation of 5,400 m³ of material and the installation of a 1,540 m² asphalted bridge deck, consisting of 18 31-metre-long bridge beams, each weighing between 56- and 59-tonnes,” said Mr. Mullighan.
“The lowered non-stop motorway will provide three lanes in each direction, up to eight metres below the existing surface of South Road.
“This design has taken into consideration the future transport needs of Adelaide and allows for connection to other parts of the non-stop North-South Corridor in the future,” he said.