The Northern Expressway is now open to traffic
On Monday September 13 at 4.15pm the Northern Expressway was open to traffic.
The interactive map and animation drive though have been updated
Click on the regularly updated interactive map above to view road works, road closures, photos and interchange designs.
Click on the updated animation on the right to take a virtual drive though of the Northern Expressway.
The Northern Expressway features on the new Economic Stimulus Plan website
Fulton Hogan York Joint Venture commenced construction work for the Northern Expressway on September 1 2008 and the road opened to traffic on September 13 2010.
Althought the road is now open to traffic there are still some traffic restrictions in place. The construction team aims to minimise the impact on the local road network, however there is the need to have some lane and road closures, speed restrictions and traffic management in place. While the traffic management is in place we ask for motorist patience and understanding as any restrictions are in place for your safety and that of the workers. For information on road closures and road works please view the interactive map or the news page.
What is the Northern Expressway?
The Northern Expressway Project consists of two components: the new Northern Expressway and the Port Wakefield Road Upgrade. The Northern Expressway is a new 23 kilometre road with a pedestrian and cycle pathway linking the Gawler Bypass with Port Wakefield Road at a point about three kilometres north of the Waterloo Corner Road intersection.
To meet the demand of increased traffic volumes generated by the new expressway, Port Wakefield Road has been upgraded at key intersections between Waterloo Corner Road and Salisbury Highway.
The Northern Expressway project is a joint initiative by the Australian and South Australian governments under the Australian Government's Land Transport Investment Program. It is the largest road construction project in the state since the 1960s.
Why do we need the expressway?
The aim of the Northern Expressway is to:
The Northern Expressway reduces driving times and increase safety for travellers from the Mid-North, Riverland and regional communities. People who commute between Gawler and the Port of Adelaide, and the western and southern suburbs of Adelaide also benefit.
The route reduces truck movements along Main North Road and Salisbury Highway. The expressway improves access to Adelaide for freight transport travelling via the Sturt Highway. This includes freight coming from key areas such as the Barossa Valley and the Riverland. Once linked with the Port River Expressway, there will be predicted travel time savings of up to 20 minutes between the Sturt Highway at Gawler and the Port of Adelaide South Australia's main shipping port.
The Northern Expressway contributes to a key objective of assisting national economic and social development aimed at improving the efficiency, safety and reliability of the national transport network.
It also contributes towards the following targets in South Australia's Strategic Plan:
What are the benefits?
The Northern Expressway will:
The refined route of the Northern Expressway was developed as a result of an environmental assessment and community engagement on the original proposed route. The proposed route was initially developed from a planning study which commenced in 2003. The study considered a variety of routes and looked at how to:
Contributors to the planning process included South Australian and Australian government departments, local councils, industry and local business organisation representatives.
The Minister for Transport, Patrick Conlon, approved the final route of the Expressway, following the tabling of a Supplement Report to the Environmental Report.
The community engagement process highlighted the need for additional ramps as part of the initial construction of the Northern Expressway. Following Australian Government approval additional ramps were provided at Curtis Road, Two Wells Road and Angle Vale Road and Penfield Road at the time of construction.
What are the key features?
Gawler to Port Wakefield Road section:
Upgrade to Port Wakefield Road section (Taylor Road to Salisbury Highway):