Rhino & nm39.
I have some idea of what the Government is doing, or feels forced to do.
The media make much of Mrs Kafoops being "forced" to move from the family home by some infrastructure venture and the Government feels it suffers. do some improvement so the bottle neck moves along to Mrs Kafoops and her complaints seem mean spirited and fall on deaf ears.
Ultimately South Road will have to be at lease 3 through lanes each way. The traffic is not commuters but substantial freight and service transport.
My proposal was to have the through lanes about 3 metres below surface with open to with surface level service roads each side. There would be crossings at about 1 km interval with the surface roads rising to get to bridge deck height. At a few locations th ethrough road would need to rise to the surface level to get over water courses etc and to allow interchange. lowering the through road deals with the noise and visual issues. A continuous Gallipoli underpass.
My beef with the Government is not purchasing land when it becomes available and not putting a moratorium on building close to the South Road. There are so many car yards which should only be allowed to remain as "open" area and not be built on.
My other beef is the alignment of the Gallipoli underpass and the Tram Bridge; the latter is too narrow for future demand and it will cost a fortune to extend the opening.
The problem harks back to Scrafton who sought to deny that road traffic existed.