Torrens tunnel gets thumb up — sort of
A CONGESTION-busting South Rd tunnel stretching from the River Torrens to Anzac Highway has been given a qualified thumbs up by West Torrens Council, local businesses and traffic experts.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said the State Government would finalise plans this year on a multibillion-dollar scheme to create a non-stop freeway along Adelaide's major north-south corridor to act as a fast-track solution to gridlock frustration.
But while most interested and affected parties applauded the Torrens Tunnel option as potentially the best and least disruptive solution to tackle traffic choke points, all cautioned that the devil would be in the detail of the ambitious and expensive initiative.
The RAA's senior road safety manager Charles Mountain welcomed the government's willingness to explore a tunnel option under South Rd to ease congestion, noting that the motoring body had proposed just such a solution a decade ago as part of its Towards 2020 report.
The critical difference between the proposed Torrens Tunnel versus a lowered motorway with service roads on either side such as the Torrens-to-Torrens project was than a tunnel had a smaller footprint and minimised disruption to both businesses and residents.