Level 1, 70 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Darlington Upgrade Project

Project Snapshot

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure


Adelaide, South Australia

Project Cost



2016 – 2017

Project Overview

The Darlington Upgrade Project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will form a key part of Adelaide’s North South Corridor. The development of the corridor, a nonstop 78-kilometre major transport route between Gawler in the north of Adelaide and Old Noarlunga in the south, is a direct result of a government strategic objective to reduce Adelaide’s urban road congestion.

This project is a key part of the delivery of the corridor and involves the design and construction of an upgrade of approximately 3.3 kilometres of Main South Road, including a non-stop motorway and the construction of eight bridges, which will result in the removal of five sets of traffic lights.

Approximately 73,000 vehicles per day travel along Main South Road through the project corridor. This section of road is also home to four of South Australia’s busiest intersections, with 98,000 vehicles per day using the Main South Road/Sturt Road intersection. This section of road is frequently congested for northbound traffic in the morning peak period and southbound traffic in the afternoon peak period.


Fulfilling the role of Project Lead, ProManage’s Scott Schiphorst was engaged by DPTI to provide leadership and management of their project delivery team. This role included accountability for management and administration of the various contracts and associated deliverables including the interface between the Client’s team and Head Contractor.

Through Scott’s experience, he was able to provide strategic advice and direction to the project team in regard to commercial challenges in addition to providing the day to day leadership and interaction with managing various project challenges and opportunities.

Project challenges and solutions relevant to the Project:

The project site is highly complex in relation to stakeholders, with two major hospitals, a university, three local councils, small and large businesses and residents of varying ages and cultural backgrounds calling the area home. Key to project success was the management of traffic movement volumes through the project corridor maintaining accessibility and travel time for motorists. Long term traffic staging strategies and initiatives were developed jointly by the project teams early in the project planning phase that influenced construction staging and overall program milestones. This provided early identification of constraints and strategic consultation with impacted stakeholders.

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