BMD Constructions has been awarded a major intersection upgrade contract in Adelaide.
Adelaide motorists are set to see some relief from congestion as major works commence on the $98 million Portrush Road and Magill Road intersection upgrade.
The project is being jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments and will support around 78 full-time jobs during construction.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the congestion-busting project will help thousands of motorists daily.
“Around 62,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day, and from 2015 to 2019, there were 50 crashes, including 19 injury-causing crashes and 31 property damage crashes.
“Even one crash and one injury on our roads is one too many, which is why delivering safe and efficient roads is a key priority of the Australian Government,” Mr Fletcher said.
South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the project was necessary for commuters.
“Portrush Road forms part of the National Land Transport Network and the Outer Ring Route, providing an important north-south connection from the South Eastern Freeway around the City of Adelaide,” Mr Wingard said.
“Private, commercial, freight and public transport users all currently experience significant delays through the intersection leading to increased costs of travel.
“Portrush and Magill Roads are high-frequency public transport corridors and freight routes, so these upgrades will boost connectivity and business efficiency.”
Federal Member for Sturt, James Stevens, said the project will inject much-needed jobs and economic stimulus into the community.
“This has been a notorious intersection for locals for some time, our governments have listened, and we have acted by funding this critical upgrade,” Mr Stevens said.
“Locals and visitors alike will soon be reaping the benefits of a safer, more efficient route, with the upgraded Portrush and Magill Road intersection expected to be complete next year.”
The South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport has undertaken service relocations, and early investigation works along Portrush Road and Magill Road to facilitate the intersection upgrade.
The Federal and South Australian Governments jointly funded the $98 million project under the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.
The intersection will be open to traffic by the end of 2021, with completion expected in early 2022.
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