Adelaide’s $174 million Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation Project has been officially completed.
The project was delivered by the PTP Alliance, made of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott Macdonald and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Upgrades to the station included lowering the rail line underneath the road, improving cycling and walking access with new pedestrian bridges and activated crossings, and 50 additional car-parks.
The upgrades aim to improve safety for all road users and ease traffic congestion by removing the level crossing at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal roads. On average nearly 42,000 vehicles use Morphett Road daily.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said removing the level crossing had made a huge difference to motorists in the area.
“The Oaklands Crossing project has been busting congestion and slashing travel time for eight weeks now,” Mr. Tudge said.
He said there is plenty more to come in Adelaide and South Australia with the recent investments by the Federal Government.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the completion of this congestion busting project was excellent news and there was more in the pipeline.
“The State Government has built an $11.9 billion pipeline of infrastructure works over the next four years so there’s still a lot of congestion busting construction to come,” said Minister Knoll.
Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said that the completion of the project signalled the end of over four decades of frustration and traffic delays for the local community.
“After 40 long years, Oaklands Crossing is finally fixed for my community and I am so proud to have been the first MP to have ever secured a funding commitment to deliver this important project,” Ms. Flint said.
The project was jointly funded by the Federal ($95 million) and State ($74 million) Governments and the City of Marion ($5 million).