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Urban congestion fund targets notorious South Australian freight bottleneck

An early concept design for a long anticipated $13 million upgrade at an intersection for key road freight routes in South Australia has been released by the Federal Government.

The intersection combines the Main North Road, Kings and McIntyre Roads arterials where travel times, safety and network reliability have been found wanting in recent years.

Jointly funded by the South Australian Government and the Federal Government, the project is essential for an intersection that accommodates, on average, more than 81,550 vehicles daily.

Site investigation works, to identify the location and depth of all utility services in the vicinity of the proposed upgrade, are underway which forms part of the early design process.

Early works are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2020, with major construction expected to commence in late 2020.

A total of 77 crashes were recorded at this intersection during the five-year period between 2014 and 2018, including one that caused a fatality and 25 causing injury.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said this project formed part of the Marshall Government’s record $12.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works.

“We are building more infrastructure and upgrading more roads than ever before in our state’s history to bust congestion, reduce travel times and create jobs,” he said.

“Main North Road is a major traffic and freight route that connects the northern parts of metropolitan Adelaide with Adelaide’s Central Business District and the current intersection is operating at capacity in peak periods.

“That’s why this upgrade is so important, it will boost freight productivity in the northern suburbs and reduce travel times for all motorists.”

The upgrade is part of the Morrison Government’s Urban Congestion Fund which targets local traffic pinch-points.

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