The Hon. R. SANDERSON (Adelaide—Minister for Child Protection) (11:12): The electorate of Adelaide welcomes this investment in the upgrade of the overpass and the removal of the crossing. The Marshall Liberal government is building what matters, creating thousands of local jobs and better lives for South Australians through our record $16.7 billion investment in roads, hospitals, schools, housing and regional infrastructure.
The existing Ovingham level crossing poses safety risks and traffic delays, with an average of 21,300 vehicles in 2018 passing through the level crossing each day. At Torrens Road, Ovingham, the boom gates are down for an average of 22 per cent during the combined peak morning and afternoon periods.
In 2019, the Australian and South Australian governments announced a joint, fifty-fifty, $231 million funding commitment towards the removal of the Ovingham level crossing on Torrens Road, Ovingham. This was revised to $196 million (fifty-fifty) funding, as announced on 18 January 2021.
It is not just motorists who will benefit from the Ovingham level crossing removal project; residents from Prospect, Ovingham, Fitzroy and surrounds will have access to new community spaces, which include multipurpose sports courts, nature play, artwork and a public plaza. Efforts are also being made to improve access in and out of residential areas with new linking roads that will help connect shops, schools and services on both sides of Torrens Road. Major works are now officially underway on the Ovingham level crossing removal project.
The Australian and South Australian governments have committed to $196 million to this removal. The crossing is one of Adelaide's most frustrating bottlenecks, and we are fixing it. The project is expected to support around 265 full-time jobs per year during the construction. Bridge piling works have been completed in early August, and vegetation removals are also complete.
The project is being delivered under an alliance with a consortium of McConnell Dowell constructions and Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Pty Ltd selected as the alliance contractor, with the project alliance agreement executed on 28 January 2021.
Service relocations are continuing and piling preparation works for the eastern approach ramp are expected to be completed in late September, weather permitting. Construction of the bridge retaining walls will be carried out between September and November, again, weather permitting. As I mentioned, the project is expected to support approximately 265 full-time equivalent jobs per year averaged over the construction period. The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023, again, weather permitting. This is another example of the Marshall Liberal government building what matters.