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South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation: Crafers to Tollgate


About the project

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) is undertaking major pavement rehabilitation works on the South Eastern Freeway between the Glen Osmond Tollgate and the Crafers Interchange. This $35 million project is jointly funded (80:20) by the Australian and South Australian Governments under the South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation Stimulus 2.

The works involve removing around 300 millimetres of existing pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. Major asphalting works such as these were last undertaken on this section of the freeway over 20 years ago. These works will ensure the long term safety and integrity of the freeway for all road users.

The works will be undertaken in stages, with a section of one carriageway (either uphill or downhill) closed at a time and vehicles detoured onto the adjacent carriageway. During this time, one lane of traffic will operate in the uphill direction and two lanes will operate in the downhill direction, on the one carriageway.

With the current demand of commuter and freight traffic, the section between Crafers and Stirling is heavily impacted during peak periods with increased travel times. Get real time traffic info direct to your smartphone by downloading our Addinsight app at www.addinsight.com.au/app or visit TrafficSA at www.traffic.sa.gov.au

We encourage the community to register for email updates.

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For more information:

  • EmailDIT.communityrelations@sa.gov.au
  • Phone: 1300 103 456
  • SitePodium: stay up to date with the latest project information with the SitePodium app, see details below on how to download the app.

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SitePodium Community Engagement App

The South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation Project Community Engagement app is now live.

Download the app to receive the latest project updates, provide feedback or ask questions and to stay up to date with the project.

Instructions:

  • Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and download the SitePodium app.
  • Search for the project and select 'follow'.

Completion of Stage 3 Weekend Night Works: 14 - 16 May 2021

Night works will be undertaken on Friday, 14 May, Saturday, 15 May and Sunday, 16 May 2021, weather permitting, to lay the final layer of pavement on the outbound lanes of the freeway between the Tollgate and just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp (west of the tunnels).

Works will be undertaken at the following times:

  • 7pm Friday, 14 May – 8:30am Saturday, 15 May;
  • 6pm Saturday, 15 May – 8:30am Sunday, 16 May; and
  • 6pm Sunday, 16 May – 6am Monday, 17 May.

In the event of unfavourable weather conditions at night, these works may need to continue during the day on Saturday, 15 May and Sunday, 16 May.

Contingency Weekend:

If unfavourable conditions continue night works will be undertaken on the following weekend - refer to the project website or DIT social media (see below for links).

To safely facilitate these works, the following traffic management will be in place during the night works:

Outbound Freeway lanes between the Tollgate and the Heysen Tunnels

  • Temporarily closed during night works;
  • Vehicles will be directed onto the opposite side of the freeway; and
  • One lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will operate in the citybound direction.

The outbound Mount Osmond Road off-ramp

  • Temporarily closed during night works; and
  • Vehicles will need to continue travelling outbound on the freeway, use the Crafers Interchange and re-enter the freeway, citybound to then use the Mount Osmond off-ramp.

The outbound Mount Osmond Road on-ramp

  • Temporarily closed during night works; and
  • Vehicles will be required to detour via Mount Osmond Road, Hayward Drive, Thirkell Terrace, Sunnyside Road, Gilles Road, Portrush Road, then proceed to access the freeway via the merged outbound lanes.

Access between Portrush Road and Gill Terrace

  • Vehicles exiting properties in this location and wishing to travel outbound will be escorted by a traffic controller to join the merged traffic lanes on the opposite carriageway; and
  • Vehicles exiting properties and wishing to travel citybound will be required to detour via the Crafers Interchange and then re-enter the freeway citybound. Alternatively, vehicles can detour via Gill Terrace, Sunnyside Road and Gilles Road.

Access to Mira Monte Estate

  • Left- in, left- out access will be maintained at all times;
  • The right turn into Mira Monte Estate will temporarily not be available during night works;
  • Vehicles will be required to detour via the Crafers Interchange and then re-enter the freeway citybound to turn left into the estate;
  • There may also be a short period of time during the day over the weekend where the right turn into Mira Monte will not be available and residents will be required to detour via the Crafers Interchange; and
  • If this occurs, clear signage will be in place and a text message update will be provided to residents.

Access for cyclists and pedestrians

  • A detour will be in place for cyclists and pedestrians, via Glebe Road, Pridmore Road, Derrington Avenue, Boucaut Street, then onto the footpath between Boucaut Street and Gill Terrace and the freeway verge.

Weekend Daytime traffic restrictions

Weekend night works traffic restrictions


Bus stop 14 (outbound) and bus stop 16 (outbound) will be closed during night works.

Heavy vehicles, including buses, will have access on the freeway throughout the night works, with the lower and upper safety ramps available at all times.

During night works, speeds for citybound light vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of the Heysen Tunnels. Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange. Speeds for outbound light and heavy vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of the Portrush Road intersection until just west of the Mt Barker Road outbound off-ramp.

During the day, a single outbound lane closure and a single citybound lane closure will be in place through the work area, with speed restrictions of 60km/h.

Following the completion of the works, the 60km/h speed restrictions will remain in place on the outbound lanes of the freeway from the Tollgate to Heysen Tunnels until excess bitumen has been worn to a safe level. At this time, the posted speed limit will be reinstated.


Stage 4 Pavement Works

Stage 4 pavement works will be undertaken from early May until June 2021, weather permitting, on the outbound lanes of the freeway, from just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp to the Heysen Tunnels.

To safely facilitate the works and minimise impact to road users, the works will be undertaken at night from Sunday to Friday at the following times:

  • Sunday evening between 6pm and 6am Monday;
  • Monday to Thursday between 7pm and 6am; and
  • Friday between 7pm and 8am Saturday.

Stage 4 traffic arrangements:

Outbound Freeway lanes just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp and the Heysen Tunnels

  • Temporarily closed during night works;
  • Vehicles will be directed onto the opposite side of the freeway; and
  • One lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will operate in the citybound direction.

The outbound Mount Barker Road off-ramp (Eagle on the Hill/Devil’s Elbow)

  • Temporarily closed during night works;
  • Vehicles will need to continue travelling outbound on the freeway, use the Crafers Interchange and re-enter the freeway to then use the Mount Osmond citybound off-ramp; and
  • Closed during the day from mid-May for approximately two weeks.

Access to Mira Monte Estate

  • No access impacts

Daytime Traffic Restrictions

Night Works Traffic Restrictions


During night works, speeds for citybound light vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from Measday Bridge. Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange. Speeds for outbound light and heavy vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from approximately the Mount Osmond Interchange until just east of the Heysen Tunnels.

During the day, a single outbound lane closure will be in place through the work area with speed restrictions immediately adjacent the area.

From mid to late May for approximately two weeks, night works will be undertaken to reconstruct the central median west of the Tollgate, which was removed in early 2021 to provide a temporary traffic crossover point.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place during these works:

  • Outbound traffic reduced to one lane from just east of the Portrush Road intersection until just east of Gill Terrace and speed restrictions of 40km/h;
  • Citybound traffic reduced to one lane and 25km/h from approximately the Mira Monte entrance; and
  • During the day, for a short period outbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes and 40km/h adjacent the work site and citybound traffic reduced to two lanes and 60km/h.

During late May and early June line marking activities may continue.


Project Timing

Major works commenced on Monday, 8 February 2021, and are expected to be completed by mid-year 2021, weather permitting.

Please take extra care when workers are on site. Observe signage and speed limits, lane restrictions and traffic controllers when travelling through the area.

Motorists should expect delays, so please plan ahead and allow additional travel time.

The Department appreciates your patience and cooperation while these important works are undertaken


COVID-19 Response


The Department will continue to tailor community engagement opportunities in line with the latest COVID-19 advice from health authorities.

Face-to-face engagement opportunities may be restricted and we will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities, with the health and safety of our stakeholders always our highest priority.

Engagement with community and industry is crucial and we will facilitate information sessions as much as possible to enable face to face engagement.  It is important to assist in managing these events that you register as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.

The project team will provide construction updates and work notifications via social media, letterbox drops, emails and the Project website. We are also available to speak via telephone (1300 103 456).

We encourage the community to register for email updates.


For more information please contact:

Email: DIT.communityrelations@sa.gov.au
Phone: 1300 103 456