Northern Connector Project
The $885 million Northern Connector will be a six-lane, 15.5 kilometre motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.
This project will focus on delivering economic benefits to the local South Australian community including creating 480 full-time equivalent jobs each year during construction.
- At least 50% of all jobs to be filled by northern suburbs residents.
- At least 90% of on-site labour hours to be undertaken by South Australians.
- At least 20% of all on-site labour hours to be undertaken by ex-automotive industry workers, Aboriginal people, people facing barriers to employment and trainees and apprentices.
The Australian Government has committed $708 million to the project, with $177 million from the South Australian Government.
The project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.
Port River Expressway weekend closure and detours, 24-27 May
The Port River Expressway will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Hanson Road and the Salisbury Highway from 7pm Friday 24 May continuously until 5am Monday 27 May (weather permitting).
Access will be maintained via two detours (refer to map).
Signage and traffic management will be in place to advise of the changed conditions and direct motorists through the detours. Delays may be experienced, so please plan ahead.
This closure will allow for the demolition of the Craig Gilbert Bridge over the Port River Expressway as part of the construction of the Southern Interchange.
Thank you for your patience while these important works are undertaken.
Explore our interactive map to see what's happening locally
Click or tap on the dots to see how the new road and bridges are taking shape - and learn what this project means to our community. We will be adding more dots during the next few months, so keep exploring...
Click the icons on the map for project information
A major traffic switch occurred in early April 2019 as part of construction works for the Northern Interchange. The traffic switch on Port Wakefield Road moved northbound traffic onto the southern carriageway with two lanes maintained in each direction at all times, at reduced speeds due to ongoing works and the removal of the Port Wakefield Road median in this section. Click below to see a visualisation that shows the new traffic movement, and how the final interchange will operate.
Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass
A key milestone for the Northern Connector Project was achieved with the opening of the Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass to traffic in March 2019. Learn more here.
New beginnings for Rebecca
Meet Rebecca - one of the ex-Holden workers on the $885 million Northern Connector Project at Waterloo Corner. The project is providing jobs for former auto industry workers, with more than half the workforce to come from the northern suburbs.
Six Northern Connector employees achieved a Certificate II in Civil Construction. Learn more about how NorthHub facilitated this training here.
Port River Expressway Bridge Construction - January 2019
Another key milestone for the Northern Connector Project is nearing completion, with the new bridge over the Port River Expressway, which will connect the South Road Superway and the new Northern Connector, targeted for opening in the coming months.Learn more here.
International Women’s Day 2019
The Northern Connector Project Team celebrated International Women’s Day with a morning tea on site. See more here.
Concrete paving is underway!
Concrete paving is underway for South Australia's first major concrete road! Read more about this here.
South Road Superway on-ramp closure, January 2019, and Craig Gilbert Bridge demolition, May 2019
The South Road Superway on-ramp from the Port River Expressway (PREXY) is currently closed to facilitate the construction of the Southern Interchange.
The Northern Connector Project team worked around the clock on a weekend in late May 2019 to successfully and safely conduct the demolition of the Craig Gilbert Bridge over the Port River Expressway. You can view a video of the demolition works below.
A dedicated ‘Employment Development Team’ has been established to work closely with the Northern Connector Jobs Taskforce to maximise opportunities for local workers.
Please visit www.northhub.sa.gov.au for more information.