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South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation: Crafers to Tollgate


About the project

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) is undertaking major pavement rehabilitation works on the South Eastern Freeway between the Toll Gate and the Crafers Interchange. This $35 million project is jointly funded (80:20) by the Australian and South Australian Governments under the South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation Stimulus 2.

The works involve removing around 300 millimetres of existing pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. Major asphalting works such as these were last undertaken on this section of the freeway over 20 years ago. These works will ensure the long term safety and integrity of the freeway for all road users.

The works will be undertaken in stages, with a section of one carriageway (either uphill or downhill) closed at a time and vehicles detoured onto the adjacent carriageway. During this time, one lane of traffic will operate in the uphill direction and two lanes will operate in the downhill direction, on the one carriageway.

With the current demand of commuter and freight traffic, the section between Crafers and Stirling is heavily impacted during peak periods with increased travel times. Get real time traffic info direct to your smartphone by downloading our Addinsight app at www.addinsight.com.au/app or visit TrafficSA at www.traffic.sa.gov.au

We encourage the community to register for email updates.

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For more information:

  • EmailDIT.communityrelations@sa.gov.au
  • Phone: 1300 103 456
  • SitePodium: stay up to date with the latest project information with the SitePodium app, see details below on how to download the app.

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SitePodium Community Engagement App

The South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation Project Community Engagement app is now live.

Download the app to receive the latest project updates, provide feedback or ask questions and to stay up to date with the project.

Instructions:

  • Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and download the SitePodium app.
  • Search for the project and select 'follow'.

Stage 3 Pavement Works

Stage 3 works will be undertaken from mid-April for approximately five to six weeks, weather permitting, on the outbound lanes of the freeway, between the Tollgate and just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp (west of the tunnels).

To safely facilitate the works and minimise impact to road users, the works will be undertaken at night from Sunday to Friday at the following times, weather permitting:

  • Sunday evening between 6pm and 6am Monday;
  • Monday to Thursday between 7pm and 6am; and
  • Friday between 7pm and 8am Saturday.

In the event of catastrophic fire danger conditions no works will be undertaken.

Stage 3 Traffic Arrangements:

  • The outbound lanes of the freeway between the Tollgate and just west of the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp (west of the tunnels) will be closed during nightworks, with vehicles directed onto the opposite side of the freeway. One lane of traffic will operate in the outbound direction and two lanes will operate in the citybound direction.
  • The outbound Mount Osmond Road off-ramp will be closed during these night works. It will also be closed during the day from mid-April for approximately two weeks. Vehicles will be required to continue travelling outbound on the freeway, use the Mount Barker Road off-ramp (Devil’s Elbow), turn right and re-enter the freeway to then use the Mount Osmond citybound off-ramp.
  • The outbound Mount Osmond Road on-ramp will be closed during these night works. It will also be closed during the day from mid-April for approximately two weeks. Vehicles will be required to detour via Mount Osmond Road, Hayward Drive, Thirkell Terrace, Sunnyside Road, Gilles Road, Portrush Road, then proceed to access the freeway via the merged outbound lanes.
  • Access between Portrush Road and Gill Terrace: Vehicles exiting properties in this location and wishing to travel outbound during nightworks will be escorted by a traffic controller to join the merged traffic lanes on the opposite carriageway. Vehicles exiting properties and wishing to travel citybound will be escorted by a traffic controller to enter the citybound carriageway. During the day, vehicles will be able to use the u-turn facility opposite Mira Monte to travel citybound. Please note however, there will be a short period of time where the u-turn will be unavailable and motorists will be required to use the Mount Osmond interchange. Specific information regarding these arrangements will be provided to residents in this location.
  • Access to Mira Monte Estate: Left in, left out access will be maintained at all times. During nightworks, the right turn into Mira Monte will not be available. Vehicles will be required to detour via the Mount Barker Road outbound off-ramp (Devil’s Elbow) and then re-enter the freeway citybound to turn left into the estate. There will also be a short period of time where the right turn is not permitted during the day. Specific information regarding these arrangements will be provided to Mira Monte residents.

Please refer to the ‘Stage 3 Night Works’ and ‘Stage 3 Daytime Traffic Restrictions’ plans overleaf.

A detour will be in place for cyclists and pedestrians during night works, via Glebe Road, Pridmore Road, Derrington Avenue, Boucaut Street, then onto the footpath between Boucaut Street and Gill Terrace and the freeway verge. Please see the night works plan for further details.

During night works, speeds for citybound light vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of the Heysen Tunnels. Speeds for outbound light and heavy vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40km/h from just east of the Portrush Road intersection until just west of the Mt Barker Road outbound off-ramp. Speeds for citybound heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40km/h from the Crafers Interchange.

During the day, a single outbound lane closure will be in place through the work area with speed restrictions immediately adjacent the area. Speed restrictions of 60km/h will be in place on the citybound lanes of the freeway from the Heysen Tunnels to the Tollgate. Once works are complete, 60km/h speed restrictions will remain in place on the citybound lanes of the freeway from the Heysen Tunnels to the Tollgate for approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting, to enable excess bitumen to be worn to a safe level prior to the posted speed limit being reinstated.

Bus stop 14 (outbound) and bus stop 16 (outbound) will be closed during night works. Bus stop 16 (outbound) will also be closed during the day from mid-April for approximately two weeks.

Heavy vehicles, including buses, will have access on the freeway throughout stage three works, with the lower and upper safety ramps available at all times.

In mid to late April, works will be undertaken to construct a crossover in the median just west of Measdays Bridge. This will enable pavement works to occur east of the Heysen Tunnels in May/June 2021. The works will result in lane and speed restrictions in this location for approximately one week – both during the day and night. Detailed updates for these works will be provided in April 2021, prior to the commencement of these works.


Daytime Traffic Restrictions

Night Works Traffic Restrictions


Project Timing

Major works commenced on Monday, 8 February 2021, and are expected to be completed by mid-year 2021, weather permitting.

Please take extra care when workers are on site. Observe signage and speed limits, lane restrictions and traffic controllers when travelling through the area.

Motorists should expect delays, so please plan ahead and allow additional travel time.

The Department appreciates your patience and cooperation while these important works are undertaken


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.

The project team will provide construction updates and work notifications via social media, letterbox drops, emails and the Project website. We are also available to speak via telephone (1300 103 456).

We encourage the community to register for email updates.


For more information please contact:

Email: DIT.communityrelations@sa.gov.au
Phone: 1300 103 456