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Approximately 86,000 plants will be planted throughout the Darlington Project site. The plants are a mixture of semi-mature and tube stock planting that will introduce layers of greenery and colour throughout the road corridor and adjacent pathways.

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A major project milestone was achieved in late July with the new lowered motorway and the Main South Road bridge to the lowered motorway being opened to traffic.

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With the Darlington Upgrade Project due for completion late this year, the first few months of the year have been extremely busy as we move into the final stages of construction.

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The southern section of the Ayliffes Road bridge is starting to take shape, with the first two steel box girders installed last weekend.

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The third bridge to be installed on Main South Road over the intersection of Ayliffes, South and Shepherds Hill Roads will carry traffic from Main South Road onto Ayliffes Road.

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The second bridge to be installed on Main South Road over the Southern Expressway is currently being constructed offline on the section of land between Main South Road, Marion Road and the Southern Expressway (near Hungry Jacks) and will then be transported and lifted into place.

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The new Main South Road bridge over the Southern Expressway is now open to traffic.

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This Sturt Road bridge is one of eight bridges being constructed as part of the project and is being built using the traditional top- down construction method.

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The Darlington Upgrade Project is building bridges in the community as well as on our roads. For young indigenous worker Michael Sumner, that has paved the way to a new career in civil construction.

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The Darlington Upgrade Project is really taking shape! Check out these progress shots of the project

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The Darlington Upgrade Project team was proud to host a group of National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) members on a recent tour through the project site.

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The Sturt River is a very important feature of the local area and the project team placed a lot of importance on ensuring that any impacts to the waterway were minimised during construction

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A massive 860 000 m3 of soil will be excavated from the centre of Main South Road and South Road to create the lowered motorway for the project. lot of A massive 860 000 m3 of soil will be excavated from the centre of Main South Road and South Road to create the lowered motorway for the project.

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The Darlington Upgrade Project hosted an outdoor community cinema on Friday as a thank you to the local community and stakeholders for their patience during construction.

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Concrete beams for the new Flinders Drive bridge were installed this month signifying a huge milestone for the project. 14 beams were installed over a weekend and provide the foundation of the new structure.

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In a mammoth effort by all members of the project team, the Darlington Upgrade Project’s first major bridge installation has been successfully completed well ahead of schedule, with Main South Road and the Southern Expressway reopened to traffic by late Sunday morning (26 November, 2017) more than 21 hours ahead of schedule

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The Darlington Upgrade Project team lent their assistance to the City of Marion and the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre for a youth event during Reconciliation week. Around 130 young people attended and enjoyed a range of fun activities, including the bubble soccer game we provided for the day.

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Two new bridges for the Darlington Upgrade Project have been constructed 'off-site' and moved into position, in an Australian-first for a civil construction project. South Australian business Bow Hill Engineering fabricated 10 bridge segments at its River Murray workshop, creating local jobs and opportunity for the South Australian business to expand.

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Separated two-way cycling paths and footpaths will be provided along both sides of the road corridor as part of the Darlington Upgrade Project (where space allows) enhancing linkages for pedestrians and cyclists in the area

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The Project Team joined forces with the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Forbes Primary School to build, paint and install nesting boxes in the Warriparinga Wetlands to create homes for native wildlife.

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On April 16, 2017 The Darlington Upgrade Project team lent their assistance to the Lonsdale RSPCA to spread some Easter cheer by donating mulch to help redevelop their new Hoppitsville rabbit enclosure. The lucky bunnies enjoyed a hop around on the new mulch just in time for Easter.

Gateway South, a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and Laing O'Rourke has been awarded the major works contract for the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project. The team also includes KBR, SMEC, Coffey, Tract, Cox Architects, Resonate, Gould Thorpe Planning and Jensen planning and Design. Construction is set to commence in early 2016 and be completed by mid-2019.

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