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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 2 Works

Stage 2 works will be undertaken from Tuesday, 2 March until Thursday, 25 March 2021, weather permitting.

These works will be take place on the city bound lanes of the freeway, between just west of the Mount Barker Road uphill off-ramp (west of the tunnels) and the Tollgate.

Times of works

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 5pm and 6am Monday;
  • Monday to Thursday between 7pm and 6am; and
  • Friday between 7pm and 8am Saturday.

Please note that night works will be undertaken on the Adelaide Cup long weekend, on Sunday, 7 March and Monday, 8 March. In the event of catastrophic fire danger conditions no works will be undertaken.

What to expect

The city bound lanes of the freeway in this location will be closed, with vehicles directed onto the opposite side of the freeway. One lane of traffic will operate in the uphill direction and two lanes will operate in the downhill direction. Light vehicles travelling uphill are encouraged to use Mount Barker Road to help reduce congestion during night working hours.

Local Access:

  • The city bound Mount Osmond Road off-ramp will be closed during these night works. It will also be closed during the day from Tuesday, 2March until approximately Monday, 15 March Vehicles will be required to continue travelling city bound on the freeway, turn right onto Portrush Road, right onto Gilles Road, left onto Sunnyside Road, right onto Thirkell Terrace and then continue onto Hayward Drive and Mount Osmond Road. Please see the maps overleaf for further details;
  • The city bound Mount Osmond Road on-ramp will be closed during these night works. It will also be closed during the day on Tuesday, 2March until approximately Monday, 15 MarchVehicles will be required to detour via the uphill Mount Osmond Road on-ramp and then take the Mount Barker Road off-ramp, use the overpass and then re-enter the freeway city bound via the Mount Barker Road on-ramp. Please see the maps overleaf for further details;
  • The city bound Mount Barker Road on-ramp at Leawood Gardens will be closed from 2 – 8 March during night works. There may also be a requirement for it to be closed during the day on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March. Vehicles will be required to detour via Mount Barker Road and enter the freeway at the Crafers Interchange in order to travel city bound;
  • Access to the Mira Monte Estate: Restricted access will be maintained at all times. Detailed information will be provided to Mira Monte residents; and
  • Access between Portrush Road and Gill Terrace: Will be restricted to left in, left out only during nightworks and the u-turn facility adjacent the tollgate will be closed. Vehicles exiting properties wanting to travel city bound will need to either turn left onto the freeway and then use the Mount Barker Road off-ramp to turn around re-enter the freeway city bound or detour via Sunnyside Road, Gilles Road and Portrush Road.

A detour will be in place for cyclists and pedestrians during night works, via Glebe Road, Pridmore Road, Derrington Avenue, Boucaut Street, then 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 downhill light vehicle traffic will be restricted to 40kph from Measdays Bridge then 25kph from the Mount Osmond Interchange to the Portrush Road intersection. Speeds for uphill traffic will be restricted to 40kph through the work zone, returning to the posted speed outside of this location. Speeds for heavy vehicles will be restricted to 40kph from the Crafers Interchange and then 25kph from the Mount Osmond Interchange to the Portrush Road intersection.

During the day, a single city bound lane closure will be in place through the work area and speed restrictions of 60kph will be in place on the downhill lanes of the freeway from the Measdays Bridge, to allow heavy vehicles and light vehicles to be travelling at the same speed prior to any lane closure. Speed restrictions will also be in place for uphill traffic adjacent the work zone. Outside of this, speeds for uphill traffic will not be affected.

Bus stop 16 (downhill) will be closed during night works. It will also be closed during the day from Tuesday, 2 March – Monday, 15 March.

Day time Traffic Restrictions

Night Works Traffic Restrictions


Heavy Vehicles

Heavy vehicles, including buses, will have access on the freeway throughout works, with the upper arrestor bed available at all times. A closure of the lower arrester bed is expected to be in place for a short period during the day works. A truck mounted attenuator will be in place prior to the work zone during this time.

Detour for Oversize Vehicles

Further to our previous update on Wednesday, 24 February 2021, vehicles up to 3.4 metres in width are now able to travel on the city bound lanes of the freeway between the Stirling Interchange and the Glen Osmond Tollgate, effective immediately.

Previously, this access was limited to vehicles up to 3.2 metres in width. City bound vehicles greater than 3.4 metres in width need to continue detouring through Murray Bridge via Hindmarsh Road, Maurice Road and Cypress Terrace and then follow Mannum Road towards the Sturt Highway via Randell Road, onto Ridley Road, Angas Valley Road and Halfway House Road, onto the Sturt Highway. Access for city bound oversize vehicles is permitted up until the Stirling Interchange.

All other heavy vehicle movements (vehicles less than 3.4 metres in width) are permitted. Signage located in Tailem Bend is in place to advise heavy vehicle operators of the changed conditions. Oversize operators, should consider if permits are affected by the above restrictions.

If you require an amendment to your permit, please contact the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 or info@nhvr.gov.au From early April 2021, until approximately mid-2021, weather permitting, vehicles greater than 3.4 metres wide will not be permitted to travel uphill (outbound) on the South Eastern Freeway between the Glen Osmond Tollgate and Stirling Interchange.

Detour will be via the Sturt Highway and Murray Bridge, as outlined above. Please note also that there will be five weekends (from 7pm Friday – 6am Monday) between April and mid2021, where detours for vehicles greater than 3.4 metres in width will be required. Advance notification of these dates will be provided.

Please click here for the detour map.


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.


Important information for heavy vehicles  

Speeds for heavy vehicles on the South Eastern Freeway in the work area will be restricted to 40kph for the duration of the works.

The arrester bed just east of the Toll Gate will be unavailable for a period of approximately two weeks during working hours. Confirmed dates and details will be provided on the project website and social media two weeks prior.

During this time, a Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) will be on-site for use by any errant heavy vehicle. A Truck Mounted Attenuator or impact attenuator, also known as a crash attenuator, is a device intended to reduce the damage to structures, vehicles, and motorists resulting from an errant motor vehicle collision. TMAs are designed to absorb the colliding vehicle's kinetic energy. An image of a TMA is below.

Detour for Oversize Vehicles

Pavement rehabilitation works are currently being undertaken on the city bound carriageway of the South Eastern
Freeway between the Heysen Tunnels and the Glen Osmond Tollgate.


Due to lane width restrictions through the work zone, city bound heavy vehicles greater than 3.2 metres wide
will not be permitted to travel between the Stirling Interchange and the Glen Osmond Tollgate, effective
immediately until approximately June 2021, weather permitting.


These vehicles will be required to detour through Murray Bridge via Hindmarsh Road, Maurice Road and Cypress
Terrace and then follow Mannum Road towards the Sturt Highway via Randell Road, onto Ridley Road, Angas
Valley Road and Halfway House Road, onto the Sturt Highway.


Access for city bound oversize vehicles is permitted up until the Stirling Interchange. All other heavy vehicle
movements (for those vehicles less than 3.2 metres in width) are permitted.
Oversize operators, should consider if your permits are affected by the above restrictions. If you require an
amendment to your permit, please contact the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 or
info@nhvr.gov.au.


VMS signage in Tailem Bend is in place to advise heavy vehicle operators of the changed conditions.
From Wednesday, 24 March 2021, until approximately late June 2021, weather permitting, vehicles greater than 3.2
metre wide will not be permitted to travel uphill (east) on the South Eastern Freeway between the Glen Osmond
Tollgate and Stirling Interchange. Detour will be via the Sturt Highway and Murray Bridge, as outlined above.

Please click here for the Oversize Vehicle Detour map.


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