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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 Toll Gate 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.

For more information please contact:

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

We encourage the community to register for email updates.

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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.


Important information for heavy vehicles  

Speeds for heavy vehicles on the South Eastern Freeway in the work area will be restricted to 40kph for the duration of the works.

The arrester bed just east of the Toll Gate will be unavailable for a period of approximately two weeks during working hours. Confirmed dates and details will be provided on the project website and social media two weeks prior.

During this time, a Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) will be on-site for use by any errant heavy vehicle. A Truck Mounted Attenuator or impact attenuator, also known as a crash attenuator, is a device intended to reduce the damage to structures, vehicles, and motorists resulting from an errant motor vehicle collision. TMAs are designed to absorb the colliding vehicle's kinetic energy. An image of a TMA is below.

Detour for Oversize Vehicles

Pavement rehabilitation works are currently being undertaken on the city bound carriageway of the South Eastern
Freeway between the Heysen Tunnels and the Glen Osmond Tollgate.


Due to lane width restrictions through the work zone, city bound heavy vehicles greater than 3.2 metres wide
will not be permitted to travel between the Stirling Interchange and the Glen Osmond Tollgate, effective
immediately until approximately June 2021, weather permitting.


These vehicles will be required to detour through Murray Bridge via Hindmarsh Road, Maurice Road and Cypress
Terrace and then follow Mannum Road towards the Sturt Highway via Randell Road, onto Ridley Road, Angas
Valley Road and Halfway House Road, onto the Sturt Highway.


Access for city bound oversize vehicles is permitted up until the Stirling Interchange. All other heavy vehicle
movements (for those vehicles less than 3.2 metres in width) are permitted.
Oversize operators, should consider if your permits are affected by the above restrictions. If you require an
amendment to your permit, please contact the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 or
info@nhvr.gov.au.


VMS signage in Tailem Bend is in place to advise heavy vehicle operators of the changed conditions.
From Wednesday, 24 March 2021, until approximately late June 2021, weather permitting, vehicles greater than 3.2
metre wide will not be permitted to travel uphill (east) on the South Eastern Freeway between the Glen Osmond
Tollgate and Stirling Interchange. Detour will be via the Sturt Highway and Murray Bridge, as outlined above.

Please click here for the Oversize Vehicle Detour map.


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Stage 1 Works

Stage 1 works will be undertaken from Monday, 15 February until Monday, 1 March 2021, weather permitting.

These works will be undertaken on the citybound lanes of the freeway, between the western side of the Heysen Tunnels and the eastern side of the Mount Osmond Road Bridge, Leawood Gardens.

Times of works

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:

  • Monday to Friday between 7pm and 6am
  • Friday evening works will continue to 8am Saturday
  • Sunday evening from 5pm to 6am Monday

In the event of extreme fire danger conditions, no works will be undertaken.

What to expect

During the night works the normal citybound lanes of the freeway in this location will be temporarily closed, with all vehicles directed onto the other side of the freeway (which is the normal up-track). One lane of traffic will operate in the uphill direction, and two lanes will operate in the downhill direction.

During the night works, speeds for downhill traffic will be restricted to 40 km/h from around the Stirling Interchange. Speeds for uphill traffic will be restricted to 40km/h through the work zone and will then return to the posted speed beyond the works, as signed.

During the day there will still be speed and lane restriction in the citybound (downhill direction) lanes. A single lane closure will be in place through the work area and a 60 km/h speed restriction will be in place on the downhill lanes of the freeway from the Measdays Bridge. This is to allow heavy vehicles and light vehicles to be travelling at the same speed prior to the citybound lane closure.

The Mount Barker Road citybound on-ramp at Leawood Gardens will be closed from 15 February, 2021 at 7pm and remain closed 24 hours a day until Tuesday, 23 February 2021 at 6am, weather permitting. From Tuesday, 23 February through to Monday, 1 March 2021, the citybound on-ramp will be closed only during night works.

Vehicles will be required to detour via Mount Barker Road and enter the freeway at the Crafers Interchange in order to travel city bound. Please see the maps overleaf for details.

Variable Message Signs will be in place at key locations to provide early notice to motorists of the traffic restrictions.

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

Heavy vehicles, including buses, will have access on the freeway during all stages of the works, with both the upper and lower arrester beds available.

Signage will be in place for motorists requiring access to the Mount Osmond Interchange, Mount Barker Road and Crafers Interchange.

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

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

Day time Traffic Restrictions

Night Works Traffic Restrictions


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'.

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