King William Road Adelaide Australias Longest Interlocking Concrete Road Pavement (Dec 1986)

CCA Road Note 25 by Cement and Concrete Association

King William Road is 2.2 km long, commences about 2 km to the south of Adelaide's central business district and passes through the suburbs of Unley, Wayville, Goodwood, Hyde Park and Unley Park. The northern third passes through a mixed commercial / residential area, the central third through a shopping and restaurant area, and the southern third through a residential area. Much of the area has a Heritage classification and has become a fashionable up-market shopping precinct. For some years the traders had been requesting that Unley City Council rehabilitate the road as its condition was keeping trading levels low. The Council was sympathetic as it wanted the area to be attractive to tourists. In December 1 984, Unley Council was successful in obtaining a grant through the Commonwealth- Government-initiated Community Employment Program (CEP) of which the jobs on local roads (JOLOR) scheme is an integral part. This grant provided the resources needed by the Council to supplement its own funds to allow the road to be upgraded. In the process, King William Road has become the longest urban road constructed outside Europe using interlocking concrete paving.

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