Gawler bypass road

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Gawler Bypass Road
South Australia
General information
Type Freeway
Length 7 km (4.3 mi)
Opened 1980s
Route number(s)
  • A52 (Evanston – Willaston)
  • National Highway A20 (Willaston – Hewett)
route number
National Highway 20 (Evanston – Willaston)
Major junctions
North end Sturt Highway (National Highway A20), Hewett
South end Main North Road (A52), Evanston
Major suburbs Evanston, Gawler West, Willaston
Highway system
Highways in Australia
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Highways in South Australia

Gawler Bypass Road is a major north-south route in the outer northern suburbs of the city of Adelaide, South Australia. It has the national designation of National Highway A20 north of the Max Fatchen Expressway, while south of this intersection it has the state designation of A52.[1][full citation needed]

It is a freeway standard route connecting Main North Road to the Sturt Highway, bypassing Gawler. Major exits include Angle Vale Road, Two Wells Road, Mallala Road and Horrocks Highway (formerly Main North Road). Each of these exits also have minor roads leading into Gawler.

The route was built in 1963 in an attempt to redirect traffic on the national highway out of Gawler town centre and has been upgraded several times since then.


The first Gawler bypass was planned in the 1950s[2] and built as a single two-lane carriageway around the town in 1963 with at-grade intersections and carried 3000 vehicles per day.[3] It ended at a tee-junction at the southern end, and followed an alignment that included what is now the southbound on-ramp and Brereton Road, Jack Cooper Drive over the Winckel Bridge,[4] and Paternoster Drive to the railway bridge.

The next advance developed the road to dual carriageway with grade-separated intersections at the southern end in the 1980s and new bridges over the Gawler River. When it was approved, the 1963 bypass was carrying 7000 vehicles per day, and 300 collisions had been recorded between 1977 and 1982.[3]

Improvements to the Sturt Highway have included upgrades to the northern end of the Gawler Bypass to facilitate smooth flow between them, completed in 2010.[5]

The construction of the Northern Expressway in 2010 resulted in realignment of the northbound carriageway as part of creating a grade-separated intersection with smooth flow between the northern section of the Gawler bypass and both the Northern Expressway and the southern part of the Gawler bypass. As both roads lead broadly south, there is no provision to turn directly from one to the other.

Exits and Interchanges[edit]

LGA[6] Location km mi Destinations Notes
Light Hewett, Gawler Belt 0 0.0 Sturt Highway continues towards Nuriootpa, Mildura and Sydney
Horrocks Highway (Main North Road) – Roseworthy, Riverton, Clare / Main North Road – Hewett, Gawler
Thiele Highway (Also known as Freeling Road)Kapunda, Eudunda, Morgan via Main North Road
Gawler Belt, Willaston 1.5 0.93 Redbanks Road – Mallala, Balaklava / Gawler, Willaston Also known as Mallala Road
Gawler Belt, Willaston, Reid 3.9 2.4 Roseworthy railway line
Ward Belt, Reid, Buchfelde 4.1 2.5 Max Fatchen ExpresswayAdelaide, Port Adelaide ramps on north side only; Gawler Bypass is south of here
Reid, Buchfelde 4.6 2.9 Two Wells Road – Gawler West, Two Wells ramps on north side only
Light, Gawler Evanston, Evanston Gardens Gawler River
Gawler Evanston, Hillier 5.7 3.5 Jack Cooper Drive – Evanston, Evanston Gardens south side ramps only
Evanston, Evanston Gardens 6.2 3.9 Gawler Central railway line
Evanston, Evanston Gardens, Evanston Park, Evanston South 7 4.3 Adelaide RoadEvanston, Gawler continues as Main North Road

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "Nearmap". Nearmap. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-05. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Main North Road By-Pass Altered.". The Bunyip (5251). South Australia. 23 February 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 28 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Morris, Minister for Transport Australia (9 May 1984). "$18 Million Gawler Bypass gets Go Ahead". Media Release. 71/84. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "NEW PLAN OF MAIN NORTH ROAD.". The Bunyip (5237). South Australia. 3 November 1950. p. 1. Retrieved 28 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Sturt Highway Upgrade". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Property Location Browser". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 29 May 2015.