The notorious dog-leg at the intersection of Goodwood, Springbank and Daws roads has been removed for good, with motorists able to use the brand new four-way intersection from tomorrow, Friday 23 April.
Major construction work on the $61.4 million jointly funded project to convert the staggered T intersection at Daw Park into a four-way intersection began in January this year.
An intensive period of work has been underway 24/7 during the April 2021 school holidays to get the project, which is supporting 48 jobs, to a point at which motorists can start to experience the benefits.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Morrison Government is investing around $4 billion through the Urban Congestion Fund to bust congestion in urban areas nationwide.
“Our congestion-busting investment in the Goodwood, Springbank and Daws roads intersection is a great example of the Urban Congestion Fund helping commuters get home sooner and safer,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The Morrison Government is funding these projects nationwide to reduce travel times and vehicle operating costs, deliver a more reliable road network for commuters and freight, and address local bottlenecks.”
Goodwood Road is one of southern Adelaide’s major north-south arterial routes, with Springbank Road and Daws Road providing a key east-west connection.
South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Corey Wingard MP, said the worst of the disruption is now over and works have progressed to allow traffic to use the new four-way intersection.
“The removal of this notorious dog leg will benefit approximately 60,000 motorists who travel through this busy intersection every day,” Minister Wingard said.
“For years this dog leg has been a serious interruption to traffic flow in the southern suburbs and it’s also been dangerous, with 35 crashes over a five year period, 14 of which resulted in injuries.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is building what matters and now motorists can benefit from a far quicker and also safer commute.
“For 16 long years successive Labor governments ignored this project and what this local community wanted, leaving motorists frustrated and stuck in traffic.
“But while traffic can now travel through this new, four-way intersection, it is important to remember that the works are not yet finished.
“There will still be lane closures and speed restrictions in place while the project is completed so I urge everyone traveling through the area to take care, look out for workers and adhere to any traffic management that is on site.”
Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint said it was exciting to see the how much progress has been made towards fixing this intersection for our local community.
“Local residents have put up with getting stuck at this intersection for decades and the Morrison & Marshall Liberal governments are doing what the State Labor government never bothered to do; we are fixing it,” said Ms Flint.
“We are busting congestion for everyone driving through this intersection whether they are getting to work, getting the kids to school, driving to the shops or to Flinders Medical Centre & Flinders Uni.”
Member for Elder, Carolyn Power, said this is a momentous milestone.
“Locals have told me they have been waiting forty years to see this intersection fixed. Now local residents can spend less time in the car and more time doing the things they love,” Ms Power said.
“Locals will not only benefit from the upgraded intersection but also the new landscaping, enhancing the local area with greenery and unique design features.”
Works including the installation of new kerbing, traffic signal infrastructure, footpaths and street lighting will continue, with speed and lane restrictions in place during the works.
The project is jointly funded (50:50) by the Australian and South Australian governments and is due for completion in late 2021, weather permitting.