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Ovingham Level Crossing Removal

Project overview

The Australian and South Australian governments have announced $196 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 South Australian State Government is delivering the project as part of an alliance with McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Pty Ltd, meaning a collaborative approach will be taken to complete the works.

Enabling works, including site office establishment, fencing, median removals and service relocations will be undertaken from January to May 2021, with bridge construction commencing soon after.

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On 18 January 2021, the State and  Federal governments announced the contract award for the  delivery phase of the project.

“A consortium of McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Pty Ltd has been selected to remove the Ovingham Level Crossing and elevate Torrens Road over the Gawler Rail Line,” Minister Fletcher said.

The consortium has previously completed major infrastructure works in South Australia, as part of the Public Transport Projects Alliance, including the Oaklands Level Crossing Grade Separation project, and is currently delivering the Regency Road to Pym Street Project as part of the North-South Corridor.

The project is due for completion in 2023, weather permitting.

Media Release -  Contract Awarded for Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project

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Community Engagement

Further Engagement and Feedback Opportunities

As part of ongoing engagement for the project, a community information session was held at the Austrian Club on 12 December 2020, between 11am and 2pm so that community members could view the updated design for the project, and understand how the comments and feedback received at the sessions in August 2020 has shaped the design.

In addition to the community information session, updated project information is also available in an updated virtual engagement room, where there is the opportunity to provide further feedback on the updated design.

Community engagement activities will continue as the project progresses further.

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.

Further information

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