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Demolition signals T2D construction phase

18 February 2022

Construction of the Torrens to Darlington (T2D) Project is a step closer, with the start of work to clear the ground for the motorway’s crucial Southern Laydown Area in Tonsley and Clovelly Park.

The Logistics Control Centre – a disused State Government-owned warehouse at the old Tonsley Mitsubishi site – is being demolished to make way for part of the laydown area, from which two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) will eventually launch.

The demolition, which started in early February 2022 and will take about 12 weeks, is being carried out between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday, but is not expected to disrupt local traffic.

Nearby residents and businesses likely to be affected by the demolition have been notified by the T2D Project.

The work is being undertaken by demolition contractor McMahon Services, and any instances of contaminated building materials will be dealt with by licensed experts in line with strict Environment Protection Authority guidelines.

Since the middle of 2021, the T2D Project has been conducting enabling works – including ground investigations, and the relocation of electricity and other utility services – along the proposed motorway corridor, and these works are continuing.

The removal of the warehouse is the first substantial, construction-related work on the laydown area, which will be used to assemble two huge TBMs and host facilities to support their operations, such as electrical supply sub-station, workshops, storage and tunnel access.

Once finished, the traffic light-free motorway will reduce congestion by taking 130,000 weekday vehicle movements into tunnels and deliver a nine-minute journey between the River Torrens and Darlington.