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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.

Due to favourable conditions, work on Stage 5 (the outbound lanes between the Heysen Tunnels and Measday Bridge) was brought forward to commence in June.

The current program of works will continue until mid-2021, weather permitting.

Pavement works will temporarily cease over the winter until approximately late August 2021 as the colder temperatures and rain are not conducive to laying asphalt.

Works will recommence after this period with stages 5, 6 and 7, between the Heysen Tunnels and Crafers scheduled for completion by late 2021, weather permitting.

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

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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Mount Osmond Outbound Ramps Closures

Please be advised that the outbound Mount Osmond on and off ramps will be closed during Stage 4 pavement night works from Tuesday 25 May, until the completion of these works (scheduled for mid-June, weather permitting). The closure is required for safety reasons.

The ramps will be closed during the following times (weather permitting):

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

See below for detour information:

  • Outbound off-ramp: 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.
  • Outbound on-ramp: 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.

The ramps will remain open outside of working hours. Citybound ramps are not affected.

Bus stop 16 (outbound) will be temporary closed during these night works. For further information regarding the changes to bus stops and timetables please visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.


Stage 5 Pavement works - upcoming night works

The next stage of pavement work (stage 5) will begin shortly on the outbound lanes of the freeway, from the eastern side of the Heysen Tunnels to just west of Measday Bridge.

This work is expected to commence from late May 2021 and will take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting,

In order to minimise the impact to road users, the works will be undertaken at night from Sunday to Friday at the following times:

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

Planned traffic changes

To safely undertake these works, the following traffic arrangements will be in place:

Outbound lanes from just west of the Heysen Tunnels to just west of Measday Bridge

  • 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 citybound light vehicle traffic   will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of Measday Bridge until the   Heysen Tunnels; and
  • Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be   restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange.

Outbound travel

  • Speeds for outbound light and heavy vehicle   traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of the Mount Barker Road   off-ramp (Eagle on the Hill/Devil’s Elbow) until just west of Measday Bridge.

On occasion throughout these night works, the work zone will be extended to cover both the Stage 5 and Stage 4 areas (outbound lanes of the freeway from just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp to just west of Measday Bridge). This will enable the completion of civil and electrical works in the Stage 4 pavement work zone whilst asphalt works are occurring in the Stage 5 zone.

When this occurs, the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp (Eagle on the Hill/Devil’s Elbow) will also be closed. Vehicles will need to continue travelling outbound on the freeway, use the Crafers Interchange and re-enter the freeway to then use the Mount Barker Road citybound off-ramp (Eagle on the Hill/Measday Bridge exit).

Following the completion of these works in late June 2021, weather permitting, project works will temporarily cease until approximately late August 2021 as the colder temperatures and rain are not conducive to laying asphalt. Works will then recommence after this period (at which point the final layer of asphalt will be placed across stage 5) and are scheduled for completion by late 2021.


Night works Traffic Restrictions

Daytime Traffic Restrictions


Completion of Stage 4 pavement works - upcoming weekend works

Work to complete stage 4 of pavement works will be undertaken from 7pm Friday, 4 June 2021 until 8am Sunday, 6 June 2021, weather permitting.

Work will involve laying the final layer of pavement on the outbound lanes of the freeway from just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp to the Heysen Tunnels.

In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, these works may need to continue during the day and night of Sunday, 6 June 2021.

Contingency Weekend

If unfavourable conditions continue, night works will be undertaken on the following weekend, 11 – 13 June 2021. Please 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:

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

  • 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.

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

  • Temporarily closed. Vehicles will need to continue   travelling outbound on the freeway, use the Crafers Interchange and re-enter   the freeway to then use the Mount Barker Road citybound off-ramp (Eagle on   the Hill/Measday Bridge exit).

Mount Osmond Road outbound off-ramp

  • Temporarily closed during weekend occupation   and also during night works for the completion of Stage 4 pavement works.   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.

Mount Osmond Road outbound on-ramp

  • Temporarily closed during weekend occupation   and also during night works for the completion of Stage 4 pavement works.   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.

Citybound travel

  • During daytime and night works periods, speeds   for citybound light vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from Measday   Bridge; and
  • Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be   restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange.

Outbound travel

  • 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.

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.

Once works are complete, 60km/h speed restrictions will remain in place on the outbound lanes of the freeway from the Tollgate to the Heysen Tunnels for approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting, to enable excess bitumen to be worn to a safe level prior to the permanent posted speed limit being reinstated.


Project Timing

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

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'.