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How will the project be constructed?

The construction program will be carefully staged, the new surface roads and bridges will be constructed first so that traffic can be shifted onto these new roads while the lowered motorway is being constructed.

Will there be night works?

To minimise impacts on traffic flow, some works will be undertaken in the evening, during the night and on weekends.

How will dust be managed during construction?

Whilst dust cannot be completely eliminated during the construction of large projects such as the Darlington Upgrade Project, every effort will be made to minimise dust during our works.

This will include;

  • making sure that vehicles do not travel too fast on unsealed areas;
  • watering down work areas and stock piles;
  • using dust suppression products to stabilise unsealed surfaces;
  • installation of rubble at entry and exit points into the project area;
  • removing loose dirt from trucks and machinery before leaving the construction area;
  • covering materials carried away by trucks; and
  • frequently using street sweepers.

How will vibration be managed during works?

During construction, nearby residents and businesses may feel vibration from construction activities using large excavators, vibrating rollers, or from the movement of heavy machinery. Experiencing vibration does not mean that structural damage to properties will occur.

To help minimise the effect of construction vibration, a range of measures are in place including:

  • operating equipment on the lowest effective vibration setting;
  • maintaining low speed limits for construction trucks and machinery;
  • maintaining equipment to minimise vibration;
  • consideration of alternative construction methodologies where appropriate. For example, using Continuous Flight Auger piling instead of driven piling across the project as this will reduce the potential for vibration; and
  • placing vibration monitoring equipment in strategic locations to monitor vibration levels to ensure they do not exceed compliance levels.

How will noise be managed during construction?

Construction noise cannot be eliminated altogether, however works can be managed to minimise disturbance.

A number of measures are being used to minimise the impacts of noise on adjacent residents and stakeholders, including;

  • using low noise reversing ‘squawkers’ instead of traditional beepers;
  • looking for opportunities to reduce the number of vehicle movements, particularly close to private properties;
  • undertaking noisy activities during the day wherever possible;
  • letting residents and workers know when activities are planned that may cause noise;
  • minimising the use of local roads as much as possible;
  • maintaining machinery to a high standard to minimise noise; and
  • locating activities that may cause noise away from sensitive properties where possible.

Will bus services be affected?

Bus routes will be maintained for the duration of works. However, some bus stops will need to be relocated or temporarily closed.

Advance notice of relocations or closures will be provided to bus users via signs at affected bus stops and on the Adelaide Metro website.

Please visit to keep up to date with any changes

The final configuration of bus stops will be reviewed as part of the final design and will take into account the new Flinders Drive extension to Sturt Road, and the Flinders Link project.

Can I still get to the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders Private Hospital during construction?

Yes, access will be maintained to both hospitals during construction. 

How do I find out more?

Community engagement is a critical part of the Darlington Upgrade Project and we are committed to keeping you informed about the project’s progress. To find out more about the project or to speak to a member of the project team, you can:

Call: 1300 759 334
Drop in to the site office: Level 2A, Sir Mark Oliphant Building,5 Laffer Drive, Bedford Park.