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Clipsal 500 road restrictions

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

14 February 2017

The Department is again implementing measures to reduce the delays caused by the closure of roads for the Clipsal 500.

Last year more than 230,000 people attended the Clipsal 500 injecting more than $65 million into our economy and generating huge national and international exposure for our state.

If not for the series of measures the Traffic Management Centre will implement, traffic experts estimate that delays on eastern arterial routes could’ve blown out to more than an hour.

These include:

  • Banning all roadworks other than urgent works
  • Skipping green lights for minor roads
  • Increasing green lights at intersections for travel to the city
  • Prioritising public transport
  • Stationing police and Adelaide Metro staff in the TMC
  • Monitoring affected routes from the road
  • Providing advanced warning of traffic delays via the free Addinsight app, Traffic SA website and travel time signs

The first lane restrictions will commence on Dequetteville Terrace on Monday, 20 February 2017 from 10am, with the right-turn movements onto Wakefield and Angas Streets in Kent Town closed.

Motorists travelling in the area are reminded to factor in extra travel time for their journey and to expect delays.

Traffic Management Centre manager Mark Shotton said Government agencies worked hand-in-hand around the clock in the lead-up to the Clipsal 500 and throughout the event to make sure traffic moves as smoothly as possible.

“Our message to motorists is that now is the time to plan your journey. We know that with major roads closed to traffic in the city delays are inevitable but there are plenty of things you can do to minimise the pain,” Mr Shotton said.

“If possible avoid the busiest peak period. Try to leave home before 7.30am or after 9.30am.”

Data from the Traffic Management Centre suggests city-bound traffic on Payneham Road and The Parade are worst affected, with travel times increasing by up to 25 minutes during the week leading up to the event.

Fullarton Road is least affected with travel times increasing by approximately 5 minutes.

The data also shows that in the week before the Clipsal 500, estimated travel times increase by up to:

  • 10 minutes on Portrush Road (south-bound PM peak)
  • 15 minutes on Magill Road (city-bound)
  • 15 minutes on Portrush Road (south-bound AM peak)
  • 18 minutes on Greenhill Road (east-bound)
  • 20 minutes on Glen Osmond Road (city-bound)
  • 20 minutes on Greenhill Road (west-bound)

Adelaide Metro bus services may be subject to detours whilst the lane closures and road restrictions are in place.

Details will be available on the Adelaide Metro website at

Full road closures will begin on various roads from Thursday 23 February until Wednesday 8 March.

The O-Bahn City Access Project is also being scaled back for the Clipsal and Fringe festival events, with Rundle Road to be reinstated to two lanes of traffic in each direction.

Parts of North Terrace, King William Street and Frome Road will also be closed for the Fringe Parade on Saturday night.

The FREE Addinsight app provides hands-free audio warnings of delays and restrictions to enable motorists to change their route.

For full details of road restrictions, visit the Traffic SA website.