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Northern Connector Project

Project Overview

The $885 million Northern Connector will be a six-lane, 15.5 kilometre motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.

This project will focus on delivering economic benefits to the local South Australian community including creating 480 full-time equivalent jobs each year during construction.

  • At least 50% of all jobs to be filled by northern suburbs residents.
  • At least 90% of on-site labour hours to be undertaken by South Australians.
  • At least 20% of all on-site labour hours to be undertaken by ex-automotive industry workers, Aboriginal people, people facing barriers to employment and trainees and apprentices.

The Australian Government has committed $708 million to the project, with $177 million from the South Australian Government.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

Latest News

The Port River Expressway will be closed to traffic in both directions between Hanson Road and the Salisbury Highway for two weekends in January 2019

The closure of the Port River Expressway will occur, weather permitting from:

  • 7pm Friday 11 January, to 5am Monday 14 January 2019, and
  • 7pm Friday 18 January, to 5am Monday 21 January 2019.

Additionally the South Road Superway on-ramp from the Port River Expressway will be permanently closed from 7pm Friday 11 January 2019.

Access will be maintained via detours, refer to map.

Explore our interactive map to see what's happening locally

Click or tap on the dots to see how the new road and bridges are taking shape - and learn what this project means to our community. We will be adding more dots during the next few months, so keep exploring...


Click the icons on the map for project information

Northern Interchange

Check out this drone footage showing progress at the Northern Interchange and the extensive earthworks well underway for the construction of the 6 lane motorway.

Concrete batch plant

The Northern Connector project will be SA’s first major concrete road. To support construction, a concrete batch plant has been built at the project’s main site compound at NorthHub, Waterloo Corner. Throughout the project, it will produce 175,000 cubic metres of concrete – enough to fill 70 Olympic sized swimming pools! Learn more here.

New beginnings for Rebecca

Meet Rebecca - one of the ex-Holden workers on the $885 million Northern Connector Project at Waterloo Corner. The project is providing jobs for former auto industry workers, with more than half the workforce to come from the northern suburbs.

Creating opportunities

Six Northern Connector employees achieved a Certificate II in Civil Construction. Learn more about how NorthHub facilitated this training here.

Southern Interchange

Check out this drone footage showing progress at the Southern Interchange. Over 2 million tonnes of fill has been placed and over 600 piles have been installed for the construction of a series of ramps and bridges that will connect the Salisbury Highway, Port River Expressway and the South Road Superway with the Northern Connector. Learn more here.

International Women’s Day

The Northern Connector Project team took time out to mark International Women's Day with staff gathering for a special morning tea. See more here.


Creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an important focus of the Northern Connector Project. Read more about employment and NAIDOC Week activities here.

Latest News

Project Fast Facts

Updated Project Plan


Community Engagement


Major contractor Lendlease have established NorthHub – an employment, skills and training centre to help northern jobseekers secure some of the 480 jobs a year on average on the project.

NorthHubis a one-stop shop for vocational education and training, and other service providers to meet on-site with industry partners, subcontractors and workers.

A dedicated ‘Employment Development Team’ has been established to work closely with the Northern Connector Jobs Taskforce to maximise opportunities for local workers.

Please visit for more information.