Major road driving business to local suppliers

The $842 million South Road Superway is the biggest single investment by the South Australian (SA) Government in a road project and the state’s most complex engineering road construction project to date.

The SA Government has a strategic vision to deliver to the Adelaide metropolitan area, a non-stop, north-south corridor between the Port River Expressway and Southern Expressway.

South Road is the only continuous transport link between these areas and is crucial for the community, businesses and industry. This upgraded road will play a major part in the north-south transport corridor. It will improve transport efficiency, safety, remove bottlenecks and reduce traffic congestion.

The SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure have engaged Urban Superway, a joint venture made up of the construction and engineering companies, John Holland Pty Ltd and Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd, to design and construct the South Road Superway.

Urban Superway contacted ICN early in this project, to assist them in identifying local industry capabilities.

‘We listed the project on ICN Gateway, which provided a portal for local firms to register their interest in opportunities’, said Eddie Ivar, ICN Supply Consultant. ‘We assisted Urban Superway with identifying local capabilities for various work packages and over 50 of the local firms identified have been successful in securing contracts, valued in excess of $120 million’.

Urban Superway has also been very happy with the support received from ICN.

‘We found ICN was a useful source of information on local industry and I was pleased with the timeliness of their responses to us’, said Rowan Cordes from Urban Superway. ‘ICN was able to introduce capable local contractors that we would not have otherwise been aware of and I am confident that with their assistance the project was able to maximise the involvement of local suppliers’.

This project complements the newly completed $564 million Northern Expressway connecting the Sturt Highway with Port Wakefield Road, the completed Port River Expressway and the South Road Planning Study, currently underway south of Regency Road.

To date 542 SA firms have won work on the project, which equates to 64% of all subcontracts totalling $260.3 million.

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