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Weaving your way through the North Terrace and Port Road roadworks, have you ever wondered what the workers are up to?
As the extension to Adelaide's tram system continues, project director for the latest stage of the Coast to Coast light rail development, Manuel Delgado, explained what is happening around the sites.
The current stage of the project involves extending the line from its current completion on North Terrace, outside the University of South Australia's city campus, to temporarily terminate outside the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Port Road.
One of the major planning stages of the extension was the North Terrace and West Terrace intersection, with a tram stop planned for close to the junction.
"That will have a double platform, and the aim there is to have capacity in this tram stop to allow for the high levels of patronage we expect for the new hospital that will be built in years to come," Mr Delgado said.
Another three stops will complete the extension, servicing the parklands and Port Road entertainment district.
"In time, the current service will be extended all the way through to West Lakes and Outer Harbour."
As part of the changes being made to the North Terrace and West Terrace intersection, the road surface has had a height growth spurt.
The changes were made to provide multiple access points for the proposed hospital site, and match the levels of the two terraces.
"That meant having to lay some two and a half thousands tonnes of asphalt, and we did that over one weekend, which was quite a significant effort."
Along the three kilometre corridor of construction, at any one time, up to 200 employees can be seen working on the multiple sites.
Projects include the major earth works which have cut into the parklands, and reinforcing the Gaol Road and Hindmarsh bridges.
As with the city tram-on-streets combinations, the extension will continue to have the trams travelling in the centre medians of the roads.
Although the extension route travels past some of Adelaide's popular hotels, there is a strict enforcement of a zero alcohol worksite that keeps workers away from the tempting pub lunch and cold draught.
"There are random breath tests carried out from time to time.
"No alcohol is allowed."
Travelling through the $100 million corridor of work that is being carried out, it is hive of activity with differing types of work underway and combinations of work teams being utilised to keep the project 'on track'.
Balancing the construction with the 60,000 daily commuters using Port Road, has been a task that planners have paid particular attention to, to try and minimise disruption to the heavy traffic flows for the area.
"We are very mindful that we try to minimise the inconvenience to motorists, but we try to maintain access, even though it may be restricted, at all times."
As work continues along the strip, the first tram to roll along the yet to be laid tracks will not be too far in the future.
"We've always aimed to have the new service available in early 2010," Mr Delgado said.
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