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Project Spotlight: $985 million Northern Connector


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Posted by Sophia Rostron

Expressions of interest in constructing the $985 million Northern Connector road project in South Australia were called for yesterday. Interested bidders can now nominate to be considered to design and construct the new six-lane, 15.5 kilometre link between the Northern Expressway, the South Road Superway and the Port River Expressway.

Client: Government. Joint funding allocation from the Australian ($788 million) and South Australian Government ($197 million).  The two governments are working together with industry to develop a heavy vehicle network based charging trial in South Australia. Ministers discussed at their meeting today opportunities to progress a trial involving the Northern Connector. These trials are necessary to test future funding approaches to infrastructure.

Purpose: "The Northern Connector is expected to provide a much needed boost to the local economy, supporting on average 480 jobs a year during construction, and will stimulate a greater economic contribution from South Australia's transport network,” said Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher. “More than 52,000 vehicles are expected to use the Northern Connector on weekdays. This project is part of the upgrade to the 78 kilometre North-South Corridor, which will help drive economic growth, strengthen local communities and stimulate urban renewal.” 

Value: $985 million. 

Duration: Early works are expected to begin in early 2016 with major construction planned to commence in May 2016. The project is expected to be completed in December 2019.


The project scope will include:

  • 15.5 kilometre motorway standard road connecting the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway
  • four road interchanges
  • three lanes in each direction, posted speed of 110 kmph
  • 16 kilometre path for cyclists and pedestrians.

If you would like more information about this project, please email DPTI.NorthernConnector@sa.gov.au or call 1300 916 221.

EOI & Tender information:
Expressions of Interest called on October 21. South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the project will be subject to an increased local industry participation weighting which will create jobs in the northern suburbs.

“The Northern Connector project will be subject to a 20 per cent weighting under the government's Industry Participation Policy, giving companies which support South Australian workers an advantage when bidding for government work,” he said.

“The participation of more than 200 people in a recent industry briefing on the Northern Connector project indicates the strong level of interest in this project.

“An increased industry participation weighting will boost the chances of local sub-contractors and suppliers reaping the benefits.”

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Sophia Rostron

Sophia Rostron

As the Content editor at plantminer.com.au, Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.