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South Australian road construction ahead of schedule

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

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

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.

Excavation of the three-kilometre lowered motorway is more than two thirds complete with approximately 250,000m3 of soil already removed.

"This is fantastic news for the people of the western suburbs, the freight industry and anyone who uses this section of South Road," said Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan.

"It’s 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, it’s also supporting hundreds of South Australian jobs and providing many millions of dollars of economic benefits to our State."

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