The Australian Government has committed to completing the full North-South Corridor over the next decade. The three highest priority sections of the North-South Road Corridor are the upgrades of South Road at Darlington and from the Torrens Road to River Torrens and the construction of the Northern Connector.
The Northern Connector project involves the construction of a new 15.5 kilometre road linking the Northern Expressway to the northern end of the South Road Superway. The project will be constructed as a six lane motorway standard road to the west of Port Wakefield Road, with four road interchanges. The project will also include a 16 kilometre shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project is part of the North-South Corridor, which is a critical route for the movement of freight and business-related passenger traffic, connecting the Port of Adelaide, Adelaide Airport, the Islington intermodal terminal and other freight terminals.
The Northern Connector will significantly reduce heavy vehicle travel times and lower operating costs for the transport industry. The project will improve road freight access to the north of Adelaide, with the project expected to deliver improved travel times and travel time reliability. It will provide capacity for the expected future growth in freight transport demand, as well as for future residential growth in the north of Adelaide. Further, the project is expected to improve safety by creating a free flowing link to replace what is currently an unsafe mix of heavy and light traffic in stop-start conditions.
The Australian Government is contributing $788 million to the $985 million project.
Construction is expected to commence in October 2016 and be completed by late 2019.