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South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation: Tollgate to Crafers


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.

Works commenced in February 2021 and are expected to be complete by early 2022.

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.


Latest News

Additional pavement rehabilitation works at the intersection of the South Eastern Freeway with Portrush Road, Cross Road and Glen Osmond Road will now form part of this project and are expected to commence in late 2021, and be completed in early 2022.

Major pavement rehabilitation works will also be undertaken on Cross Road, between Hexham Avenue and Glen Osmond Road, commencing from Sunday 31 October. For more information visit the project website.


Heysen Tunnel works update

Works in the citybound tunnel commenced on Thursday, 21 October 2021.

Planned traffic changes

To safely undertake these works, the following traffic arrangements will be in place only at night during work hours:

Citybound tunnel and citybound lanes from Measday Bridge to just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp

  • the citybound tunnel and lanes in this location will be temporarily closed at night.
  • vehicles will be directed onto the opposite side of the freeway to allow travel in each direction; one lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will operate in the citybound direction.

Upper safety ramp closed

  • the upper safety ramp (just east of the tunnels) will be closed during night works. The lower safety bed will remain available at all times.
Citybound travel
  • during night works, speeds for citybound light vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of Measday Bridge. Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange.
  • during the day, speeds for citybound vehicles will be restricted to 60km/h through the work area and a single lane closure will be in place.
Outbound travel
  • during night works, speeds for outbound light and heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just west of the Heysen Tunnels to just west of Measday Bridge.
  • during the day there will be no speed or lane restrictions in place.

See traffic restrictions map


Completion of Stage 5 pavement and outbound Heysen Tunnel works - upcoming weekend works

Work to complete stage 5 and Heysen Tunnel pavement works will be undertaken continuously from 7pm Friday, 29 October 2021 until 6am Monday, 1 November 2021, weather permitting.

Work will involve laying the final layer of pavement on the outbound lanes of the freeway from just west of the Heysen Tunnels to just west of Measday Bridge.

In the event of inclement weather works will be rescheduled to 7pm Friday, 5 November to 6am Monday, 8 November 2021.

Planned traffic changes

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

Outbound lanes from just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp to Measday Bridge

  • the   outbound lanes will be temporarily closed;
  • vehicles   will be directed onto the opposite side of the freeway to travel outbound;   and
  • one   lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will   operate in the citybound direction.

Citybound travel

  • speeds   for light vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of Measday   Bridge until just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound          on-ramp; and
  • speeds   for heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange until   just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp.

Outbound travel

  • speeds   for all vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just west of the Mount   Barker Road outbound on-ramp to just west of Measday Bridge.

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

To enable excess bitumen to be worn to a safe level prior to the posted speed limit being reinstated a 60km/h speed restrictions will remain in place on the outbound lanes of the freeway in this location for approximately four to six weeks.

Completion of citybound Heysen Tunnel works - upcoming weekend works

Final pavement works in the citybound Heysen Tunnels will be undertaken continuously from 7pm Friday, 5 November 2021 until 6am Monday, 8 November 2021, weather permitting.

In the event of inclement weather works will be rescheduled to 7pm Friday, 12 November to 6am Monday, 15 November 2021.

Planned traffic changes

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

Citybound lanes (including the tunnel) from just east of Measday Bridge to just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp

  • the   tunnel and freeway lanes will be temporarily closed;
  • vehicles   will be directed onto the opposite side of the freeway to allow travel in   each direction to be maintained; and
  • one   lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will   operate in the citybound direction.

Citybound travel

  • speeds   for light vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of Measday   Bridge to just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp; and
  • speeds   for heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange   to just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound on-ramp.

Outbound travel

  • speeds   for all vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from just west of the Mount   Barker Road outbound on-ramp to just west of Measday Bridge.

Upper safety ramp closed

  • the   upper safety ramp (just east of the tunnels) will be closed. The lower   safety bed will remain available at all times.


Project Timing

Major works commenced in February 2021 and are expected to be complete by early 2022.

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

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'.
  • click to toggle