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Northern Connector Project

Project Overview

The $885 million 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.

This project will focus on delivering economic benefits to the local South Australian community including creating 480 full-time equivalent jobs each year during construction.

  • At least 50% of all jobs to be filled by northern suburbs residents.
  • At least 90% of on-site labour hours to be undertaken by South Australians.
  • At least 20% of all on-site labour hours to be undertaken by ex-automotive industry workers, Aboriginal people, people facing barriers to employment and trainees and apprentices.

The Australian Government has committed $708 million to the project, with $177 million from the South Australian Government.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

Latest News

Hanson Road Interchange, off-ramp closure and detour - night works

As part of the Northern Connector Project, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure advises that night work will be undertaken adjacent to the Hanson Road off-ramp from the Port River Expressway.

Work hours:  From 8pm Monday 11 November until 5am Tuesday 12 November , weather permitting.

more information and to view a map (click here)

South Road Superway, off-ramp closure and detour - night works

As part of the Northern Connector Project, the South Road Superway off-ramp to Salisbury Highway will be closed for approximately three nights with detours in place

Work hours (weather permitting):

  • From 7pm, Wednesday 13 November, until 5am, Thursday 14 November,
  • From 7pm, Monday 18 November, until 5am, Tuesday 19 November, and
  • From 7pm, Tuesday 19 November, until 5am, Wednesday 20 November,

more information and to view a map (click here)

New newsletter available now!

We have published a new newsletter for September 2019 to update everyone on the progress of the Northern Connector project.

You can access it here.

Explore our interactive map to see what's happening locally

Click or tap on the dots to see how the new road and bridges are taking shape - and learn what this project means to our community. We will be adding more dots during the next few months, so keep exploring...


Click the icons on the map for project information

Northern Interchange

A major traffic switch occurred in early April 2019 as part of construction works for the Northern Interchange. The traffic switch on Port Wakefield Road moved northbound traffic onto the southern carriageway with two lanes maintained in each direction at all times, at reduced speeds due to ongoing works and the removal of the Port Wakefield Road median in this section. Click below to see a visualisation that shows the new traffic movement, and how the final interchange will operate.

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Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass

A key milestone for the Northern Connector Project was achieved with the opening of the Waterloo Corner Interchange overpass to traffic in March 2019. Learn more here.

New beginnings for Rebecca

Meet Rebecca - one of the ex-Holden workers on the $885 million Northern Connector Project at Waterloo Corner. The project is providing jobs for former auto industry workers, with more than half the workforce to come from the northern suburbs.

Creating opportunities

Six Northern Connector employees achieved a Certificate II in Civil Construction. Learn more about how NorthHub facilitated this training here.

Port River Expressway Bridge Construction - January 2019

Another key milestone for the Northern Connector Project is nearing completion, with the new bridge over the Port River Expressway, which will connect the South Road Superway and the new Northern Connector, targeted for opening in the coming months.Learn more here.

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International Women’s Day 2019

The Northern Connector Project Team celebrated International Women’s Day with a morning tea on site. See more here.

Concrete paving is underway!

Concrete paving is underway for South Australia's first major concrete road! Read more about this here.

South Road Superway on-ramp closure, January 2019, and Craig Gilbert Bridge demolition, May 2019

The South Road Superway on-ramp from the Port River Expressway (PREXY) is currently closed to facilitate the construction of the Southern Interchange.

For more information, click here.

The Northern Connector Project team worked around the clock on a weekend in late May 2019 to successfully and safely conduct the demolition of the Craig Gilbert Bridge over the Port River Expressway. You can view a video of the demolition works below.

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Latest News

Project Fast Facts

Updated Project Plan


Community Engagement


Major contractor Lendlease have established NorthHub – an employment, skills and training centre to help northern jobseekers secure some of the 480 jobs a year on average on the project.

NorthHubis a one-stop shop for vocational education and training, and other service providers to meet on-site with industry partners, subcontractors and workers.

A dedicated ‘Employment Development Team’ has been established to work closely with the Northern Connector Jobs Taskforce to maximise opportunities for local workers.

Please visit for more information.