The project to remove the Ovingham Level Crossing involves raising Torrens Road over the existing Ovingham level crossing, meaning motorists will no longer be delayed in traffic waiting for rail services to pass, saving valuable time and improving safety.
The upgrade at Ovingham also involves the elevation of the western end of Churchill Road, which intersects with Torrens Road approximately 100 metres from the Ovingham Level Crossing heading towards the city, so that it meets the elevated height of Torrens Road.
The crossing is located near the fringe of the Adelaide CBD on Torrens Road at Ovingham, with an average of 21,300 vehicles passing through each day.
The boom gates at this location are currently down for approximately 22 per cent of the time during the combined AM and PM peak periods.
Torrens Road crosses both the interstate rail line and the Gawler passenger rail line.
Separating the rail line from the road (grade separation) at the Torrens Road level crossing will:
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.
The $196 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments and supporting around 265 full-time jobs per year during construction.