Ovingham Level Crossing Removal
The Australian and South Australian governments have announced $231 million towards the removal of the level crossing at Torrens Road, Ovingham.
The crossing is located near the fringe of the Adelaide CBD on Torrens Road at Ovingham. An average of 21,300 vehicles pass through this level crossing each day.
The boom gates at Torrens Road, Ovingham are down for approximately 22 per cent of the time during the combined AM and PM peak periods.
The junction of Torrens Road and Churchill Road is approximately 100 metres from the level crossing.
Torrens Road crosses both the interstate rail line and the Gawler passenger rail line.
Removal of the level crossing will lead to improved:
- travel times for motorists
- reliability for buses using Torrens Road
- increased freight productivity
- safety for all road users (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) by removing a road-rail crossing point
The project is in detailed planning and consultation stages to determine concept and preferred design. Early works are expected to begin in 2020 following the conclusion of detailed planning and design works.
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On Monday 15 June 2020, The South Australian government has announced its preferred design for the Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project, elevating Torrens Road over the Gawler railway line.
The Australian and South Australian governments have allocated $231 million towards the removal of the level crossing at Torrens Road, Ovingham.
A planning study to investigate a range of options to remove Ovingham Level Crossing is complete and a preferred solution determined. After considering all options and the characteristics of the local area, the preferred option is road over. A road over option would involve elevating Torrens Road, and the western end of Churchill Road, over the Gawler rail line and the interstate freight line (ARTC line).
The concept design for the Ovingham Level Crossing Project is underway.
Removal of the level crossing will lead to improved travel times for motorists, reliability for buses using Torrens Road, increased freight productivity and safety for all road users by removing a road-rail crossing point.
Two information sessions were recently held and feedback from these will be used to inform the development of the design. The project team will update the community over the coming months as we progress through this design phase.
Further traffic data is being collected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week along Torrens Road, Churchill Road, Park Terrace, Chief Street and Hawker Street which will also be used to inform the design regarding volumes and traffic movements in and around the area.
In the coming months, site surveys and early service location works will also be undertaken.
Major construction is anticipated to commence in 2021 with project completion expected in 2023.
Early Engagement and Feedback
As part of the project’s early concept design and review process, The Department held two information sessions to meet members of the community and seek feedback.
The information sessions were held at the Brompton Primary School on Saturday, 8 August, between 12.00pm and 2.00pm and Monday, 10 August 2020, between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.
In addition to the information sessions, the community were invited to provide their feedback via virtual engagement room, this room remains open for feedback until 30, November, 2020 and can be accessed here.
Feedback provided by the community is important and will continue to help inform the development of the design
DIT COVID-19 Response
The Department will continue to tailor community engagement opportunities in line with the latest COVID-19 advice from health authorities.
Face-to-face engagement opportunities may be restricted and we will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities, with the health and safety of our stakeholders always our highest priority.
Engagement with community and industry is crucial and we will facilitate information sessions as much as possible to enable face to face engagement. It is important to assist in managing these events that you register as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.
Tender for the delivery of the project has been announced and it’s expected that a contract will be awarded late this year.
Project Time Frames
Early works are expected to commence later this year with major construction to start in 2021 and project completion anticipated in 2023.
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