With only the weekend lights and high-traffic days, the M5 and M4 motorways have become a popular tourist attraction in Adelaide.
Photo: Supplied The M5 is a two-lane road connecting the city with the southern suburbs, while the M3 is a four-lane motorway linking the city to the inner-west.
It is often referred to as “the Grand Central Highway”.
Melbourne has also added an elevated section to the M2 to the north of the city, and a two kilometre elevated section linking the north-west to the central city.
The new sections are the biggest road extensions in the city since the M6 was added in 2004.
They have been designed to improve traffic flow and reduce the amount of time drivers are in traffic jams.
In the north, the motorway was expanded to six lanes and has also been widened, with a new expressway running between the new sections.
The M5, which runs from Melbourne to Adelaide, is the most busy in the CBD, with more than 1.5 million trips a day, including nearly 3 million journeys by foot.
Drivers who use the motorways often need to use special parking facilities, particularly in the evening and weekends, because the area is packed during the peak hour.
The increased number of traffic on the motorcoach has been a major cause for concern.
The city’s Planning and Development Authority (PDA) is concerned that the increased traffic will lead to a higher rate of car theft and other crimes.
The road is expected to open for traffic in the second half of 2020.
The state government recently announced it was increasing fines for motorists caught speeding and is encouraging drivers to use the new roads more judiciously.
The PDA said the extra money could be used to provide “free” parking for the elderly and disabled, and to provide a new bus lane to allow more vehicles to travel on the arterial roads.
The number of motorcyclists on the roads has increased by a third since the first M4 was built in 2014, with new bike lanes added on both the north and south sections.PDA chief executive John Brown said while motorists could expect more congestion, the extra parking was a boon for the city.
“The new motorways will provide more capacity to drive around the city and that’s great for traffic and the local economy,” he said.
“It’s going to have an impact on the quality of life, it’s going be a great way for businesses to operate, it will give us a much better way to get around the CBD.”
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