You could soon see cars driving over the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, if a new proposal from a leading expert goes ahead.
In a bid to minimise growing traffic problems, the expert has proposed opening a four-lane highway on top of the bridge’s arch.
“Sydney is a booming metropolis and it’s integral that we keep pace with the high rate of growth and development,” he said in a statement.
“It’s essential that we explore every available option to improve the public's ability to move across the city.”
“The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge has long been a major part of the city’s transport network and this new scheme will go a long way to easing traffic congestion in the CBD.”
Just last month, a major crash led to chaos for Sydney commuters with 12 kilometres of traffic jams.
Figures from the Roads and Maritime Services show speeds on some of the city’s major roads have slowed by as much as 25 kilometres per hour.
While few details of the plan have been released, an artist’s impression shows the highway would go right across the 504 metres span of the bridge, peaking at 134 metres above sea level.
A prominent transport engineer told National Geographic he expects the plan will involve the construction of at least six additional load-bearing pylons and abutments to hold the additional weight of vehicles, asphalt and traffic signalling equipment.
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