Skip to main content

Northern Connector Project


Project Overview

The $867 million Northern Connector is open to traffic. The six-lane, 15.5 kilometre motorway now provides a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.

This project has focused on delivering economic benefits to the local South Australian community including creating 480 full-time equivalent jobs each year during construction.

  • At least 50% of all jobs to be filled by northern suburbs residents.
  • At least 90% of on-site labour hours to be undertaken by South Australians.
  • At least 20% of all on-site labour hours to be undertaken by ex-automotive industry workers, Aboriginal people, people facing barriers to employment and trainees and apprentices.

The Australian Government has committed $694 million to the project, with $173 million from the South Australian Government.


The Northern Connector opened to traffic from Saturday, 7 March.

The six lane motorway posted speed limit has now been increased between the Southern and Northern interchanges from the temporary 80km/h limit to the motorway’s permanent maximum speed of 110 km/h.

Finishing works will continue which may require some lane and speed restrictions, to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and this website for further project updates.

On behalf of the project we would like to thank you for your patience and for your interest in the project.

For more information about the opening, and to view videos showing how the interchanges works


Latest News

Final sections of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path open

The final sections of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path, which runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway, opened on Saturday 1 August 2020, at the Southern Interchange and Dry Creek Trail.

The opening of these final sections completes the Shared Use Path, which creates approximately 43km of continuous paths from Gawler to Port Adelaide.

More details on the final section of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA, including a map.





Second section of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path and the new Port River Bikeway open

The second section of the Tapa Martinthi Yala Shared Use Path (SUP) which runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway, between the Bolivar and Southern Interchanges, opened on Sunday, 17 May, connecting and also opening the new Port River Bikeway.

More details, including a map, can be found here.


First section of the TAPA MARTINTHI YALA Shared Use Path open

The first section of the new shared use path which runs alongside the Northern Connector motorway, opened on Saturday 18 April, between the Northern and Bolivar Interchanges.

The name of the path is Tapa Martinthi Yala, meaning "pathway to embrace today" in the Aboriginal Kaurna language.

More details, including a map, can be found here.



Northern Connector Community Open Day

Approximately 5,000 people came along to our Community Open Day on Sunday 16 February which was held at the main site compound, NorthHub.

A highlight of the day was the availability of free guided bus tours which drove along the new motorway to the Southern Interchange and back, with around 1,400 people enjoying these tours. People were also able to walk on a short section of the new road and drove on it to exit the site.

Other offerings during the day included virtual reality tours, children's activities and construction equipment displays, plus a free sausage sizzle with almost 6,000 snags cooked!

To see photos of the event Northern Connector Community Open Day


Latest News

Project Fast Facts

Updated Project Plan

Employment

Community Engagement

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.