Port River Expressway

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Port River Expressway
South Australia
General information
Type Freeway
Location Adelaide
Length 5.5 km (3.4 mi)
  • 19 July 2005 (2005-07-19) Francis Street – South Road
  • 3 August 2008 (2008-08-03) Francis Street – Victoria Road
Built by
Maintained by Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Route number(s) A9
Major junctions
East end Salisbury Highway, Wingfield, Adelaide
West end Victoria Road, Birkenhead
via Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge
LGA(s) City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Major suburbs Wingfield, Gillman, Port Adelaide & Birkenhead
General Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge
Highway system

The Port River Expressway is a 5.5-kilometre (3.4 mi) freeway-grade road. The expressway links Port Adelaide and the LeFevre Peninsula to the northern suburbs of Adelaide and major interstate routes via Salisbury Highway (A13) to Port Wakefield Road (A1) and the Max Fatchen Expressway (M20) to Perth and Sydney.

The expressway is only freeway grade at the North-South Motorway, Hanson Road and Eastern Parade interchanges; the following two intersections are at grade with traffic signals installed. This has led to the route being labelled as the A9, instead of the more common M label associated with freeways and expressways in South Australia.


The Port River Expressway was built in three stages:

  • Stage 1 - Was opened for traffic on 19 July 2005. It consists of a 5.5-kilometre (3.4 mi) four-lane expressway link between Francis Street and the then South Road, Adelaide, now North-South Motorway; with an overpass at each of the junctions of the North-South Motorway, Hanson Road and Eastern Parade.[1]
  • Stage 2 - Consists of a four lane high-level, opening road bridge across the Port River between Docks 1 and 2, linking Stage 1 at Francis Street to Victoria Road on Le Fevre Peninsula. This section opened on 3 August 2008[2]
  • Stage 3 - Consists of a single track, dual gauge, high-level, opening rail bridge across the Port River, north of the road bridge, with connections to the existing rail system. Opened in June 2008.[3]

The Port River Expressway is now a major thoroughfare for freight and passenger road traffic travelling from the northern suburbs to the major port facilities of South Australia in Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor. The construction of Stages 2 and 3 was carried out by Abigroup.[4]

Exits and interchanges[edit]

The entire road is in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield local government area.

Location km mi Destinations Notes
Birkenhead 0 0.0 Nelson Street (A16) south / Victoria Road (A6) north – Port Adelaide, Semaphore, Outer Harbor Western expressway terminus at traffic lights: continues as Victoria Road
Port River 0.5 0.31 Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge
Port Adelaide 1.0 0.62 Perkins Drive Traffic light intersection
Port Adelaide–Gillman boundary 1.7 1.1 Eastern Parade –North Arm, Torrens Island, Ottoway
Dry CreekWingfield boundary 4.0 2.5 Hanson Road – Ottoway, Wingfield Waste & Recycling Centre
5.5 3.4 North-South Motorway (M2) south / Salisbury Highway (National Highway A13) east – Regency Park, Adelaide, Salisbury, Port Wakefield Eastern expressway terminus at trumpet interchange: continues as Salisbury Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stage 1 of the Port River Expressway". South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 2006-02-24. Archived from the original on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Stage 2 of the Port River Expressway". South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2008-08-03. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Stage 3 of the Port River Expressway". South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Port River Expressway, Adelaide, Australia". Retrieved 2011-11-27. 

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