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Adelaide's $620 million road upgrade announces final two bidders

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Construction of the Darlington Upgrade on the North South Corridor is a step closer after two bidders were shortlisted to tender for the $620 million road upgrade of the 2.3 kilometre section of Main South Road between the Southern Expressway and Ayliffes Road.

The project

The North-South Corridor is one of Adelaide’s most important transport corridors. It is the major route for north and south bound traffic including freight vehicles running between Gawler and Old Noarlunga, a distance of 78 kilometres.

The $620 million project ($496 million federally funded and $124 million state funded) will:

  • Provide non-stop access between the Southern Expressway and Ayliffes Road/Shepherd’s Hill Road intersection
  • Maintain local access to the area
  • Improve traffic efficiency and safety
  • Encourage and enhance walking, cycling and public transport options
  • Enhance local access for the community
  • Provide opportunities for urban, landscape and environmental improvements
  • Compliment the culture and unique character of the Darlington precinct.

This stretch of road provides a series of strategic free-flowing road links to connect the rapidly expanding industrial and residential growth areas in the north and the south providing new opportunities for economic development.

The current roadway isn’t capable of handling projected growth and the number of vehicles that need to use the road or the size of freight carriers travelling along it. In response, the Australian and South Australian Governments are expanding the route by creating a dedicated non-stop North-South Corridor with a program to eliminate the worst bottlenecks already underway.

The two bidders shortlisted

Major construction on the Darlington Upgrade is due to start late this year with the project due to be completed at the end of 2018.

Invited to tender are:

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the two bidders were identified after expressions of interest were called earlier this year.

The Darlington Upgrade is expected to support about 370 jobs a year during construction and we will conduct it in line with our Industry Participation Policy. The contenders' local industry participation plans will be weighted by 15 per cent as part of the tender process. That means local South Australian businesses and employees will leverage the maximum benefit available from the project.

Gateway South have identified Kellogg, Brown and Root, SMEC Australia and Jacobs Group as its exclusive design coalition for the project, while Lend Lease have engaged design firms ARUP, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Golder to support their bid.

Find plant fast and increase productivity

Our business has been built to help aggregate their plant and equipment hire in that area to service the job, which in turn helps tackle unnecessary delays head-on to ensure construction can go full-steam ahead.

If companies don’t have a supplier already with a set of quotes, then we’ll be able to put them in contact with a large number immediately.

Rather than a manager sitting down and making phone calls to five suppliers to replace that bit of machinery, they can just make one call to PlantMiner who can help them get back on the ground to get the job done.

Need quotes on plant & equipment hire in Adelaide? Get in touch with our SA tender specialist, Brendan Batch by emailing brendan@plantminer.com.au or calling 08 6313 2923 / 0425 456 207.

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