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Major construction begins on Northern Connector project

8 December 2016

Major works contractor Lendlease has commenced construction at the Southern Interchange on the $985 million Northern Connector project, benefiting local businesses and workers.

The Southern Interchange is a key component of the Northern Connector project which will link the Northern Expressway with the South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.

The Northern Connector project will not only help drive economic growth, including substantial benefits for freight and farming transport operators, it will also strengthen local communities and stimulate urban renewal.

Within the southern interchange, several local northern Adelaide based sub-contractors have already been engaged by Lendlease to deliver plant equipment and labour hire services.

Lendlease has formed a partnership with a number of local South Australian contractors to deliver the Northern Connector project, including Catcon, McMahon Services, LR&M Constructions, SEM Civil (Salisbury Earthmovers) and Intract Australia.

These partnerships demonstrate a new standard in leveraging local industry and employment benefits as part of this almost one-billion dollar investment by the South Australian and Australian Governments.

As construction ramps up, the Northern Connector project is expected to support 480 jobs a year, with the government committing at least 50% of all jobs on the project to be filled by northern suburbs residents, ensuring locals stand to gain most from the job opportunities.

A number of job seekers have benefited from preliminary works including trial embankments, a realignment of the Kings and Bolivar roads intersection and an upgrade at the St Kilda and Robinson roads intersection, and already eight former auto industry workers are among the 81 people who have gained work through the on-site NorthHub employment and training centre.

The 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.

The project includes the construction of four interchanges, the Southern Interchange, Northern Interchange, Waterloo Corner Interchange and Bolivar Interchange.

The Australian Government is committing $788 million to the project, with $197 million from the South Australian Government.

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2019 and more information is available and the Northern Connector website.