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Northern Connector

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2016 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$885,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$708,000,000
Local Council/Shire:City of Playford,City of Port Adelaide Enfield,City of Salisbury
Corridor:Adelaide Urban

Project Description

The three highest priority sections of the North-South 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 20 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 along one of Adelaide's most important transport corridors. 


The Australian Government has committed $708 million towards the $885 million project.


Construction commenced in December 2016 and is expected to be completed in late 2019.

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Project details last updated: 16/11/2017