Preferred design chosen for $231M Torrens Road level crossing removal

The Federal and South Australian government’s have announced the preferred design for the $231 million Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project at Torrens Road with a new animation.

Elevating Torrens Road over the Gawler and freight railway lines was chosen as the best design option to reduce congestion for the 23,000 vehicles that use the intersection daily.

The preferred design also involves the elevation of the western end of Churchill Road, which intersects with Torrens Road approximately 100 metres from the Ovingham Level Crossing heading towards the city, so that it meets the elevated height of Torrens Road.

Over the life of the project this level crossing removal is expected to create 105 jobs each year.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said getting rid of the Ovingham Level Crossing was another great example of the Morrison and Marshall Governments working together for the people of South Australia.

“Not only will this bust congestion, but it will give the SA economy an essential boost and it will mean more local jobs,” Mr. Tudge said.

“At a time like this it is so important that we crack on with critical infrastructure across Adelaide and the rest of the state.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said this upgrade would save motorists time and improve road safety.

“At the moment the boom gates at this level crossing are down for around 26 minutes during both peak periods which causes traffic delays and frustrates motorists,” Mr. Knoll said.

The federal and state government’s have allocated $231 million towards the removal of the level crossing at Torrens Road, Ovingham.

Early works are set to begin later this year with major construction to be underway in 2021 and a completion date anticipated in 2023.

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