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South Eastern Freeway Pavement Rehabilitation: Bridgewater to Callington

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) is undertaking major pavement rehabilitation works on the South Eastern Freeway between Bridgewater and Callington at the following locations:

  • Site A: Outbound lanes between Bridgewater Interchange and Hahndorf/Woodside/Birdwood Interchange;
  • Site B: Outbound lanes near the truck rest area towards Callington
  • Site C: Citybound lanes between Back Callington Road to Summit Road
  • Site D: Citybound lanes between Bald Hills Road, Mount Barker and Mount Barker Interchange

Works west of the Mount Barker Interchange are funded by the Australian Government under the 2021-22 Periodic Maintenance Program. Works east of the Mount Barker Interchange are funded jointly (80:20) by the Australian and South Australian Governments under the Princes Highway Corridor Program

The works involve removing existing pavement and replacing it with new asphalt to ensure the long term safety and integrity of the freeway for all road users.


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Works in the outbound lanes adjacent the Hahndorf/Woodside/Birdwood outbound off ramp are scheduled to commence on Sunday, 29 May 2022, and will take approximately one week to complete, weather permitting.

Please see the map outlining the location and details of the work.

In order to minimise the impact to road users, the works will be undertaken at night between 7pm and 6am, Sunday to Friday. No works will be undertaken on Saturday nights.

What to expect

During works speed and lane restrictions will be in place through the work zone for outbound traffic.

The Hahndorf/Woodside/Birdwood outbound off-ramp will be closed at night during the work period. Speed and lane restrictions will be in place with a detour via the Bridgewater Interchange outbound off-ramp, Carey Gully Road, Mount Barker Road, to Hahndorf/Woodside/Birdwood.

Outside of work hours all lanes on the freeway and the Hahndorf/Woodside/Birdwood outbound off ramp will be open to traffic, with a 60km/h speed restriction in place.

Access for buses and emergency service vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Variable Message Signs will be in place at key locations to provide early notice to motorists of the traffic restrictions and detours.

Motorists should expect delays, so please plan ahead and allow additional travel time. Please take extra care when workers are on site. Observe signage and speed limits, lane restrictions and traffic controllers when travelling through the area.

Some noise disturbance can be expected at times while these works are completed, however, the work will be managed to minimise disturbance as much as practically possible. You may also notice some odour which is common when asphalting works are underway.

Speed restrictions will remain in place for approximately four to six weeks on the newly resurfaced section of road, this is to enable excess bitumen on the new surface to be worn to a safe level. The posted speed limit will then be reinstated once it is safe to do so.

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

Important information for heavy vehicles


For more information

If you would like to have your say, enquire or register your interest in either project, or to receive updates, please:


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.