Heysen Tunnels

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Heysen Tunnels
Road leading out of the black opening of a tunnel
Portal of the Heysen tunnel
Location Adelaide Hills south east of Adelaide
Route South Eastern Freeway National Highway 1
Constructed 1998
Opened May 2000 (2000-05)
Traffic automotive, including commuters and heavy freight
Toll N/A
Vehicles per day 45,700[1]
Length 500 metres (1,600 ft)
No. of lanes 3 in each tunnel
Operating speed 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph)
Tunnel clearance 5.3 metres (17 ft)[2]

The Heysen Tunnels are twin tube road tunnels which carry the South Eastern Freeway under Eagle On The Hill in the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia. The tunnels were excavated using a tunnelling machine normally used in heavy-duty mining operations which tunnelled through 500 metres of rock for each tunnel at an average rate of 3 metres per day.[3] The tunnels were completed in 1998 and officially opened in May 2000. Each tunnel carries 3 lanes of traffic. On average, they carry a total of 45,700 vehicles per day.[1] The maximum height of vehicles permitted in the tunnels is 5.3 metres (17 ft), the same as the Crafers and Mt Osmond interchanges. Laser height detectors monitor traffic to provide warnings to drivers before they attempt to enter the tunnel.[2]

The tunnels are named after artist Sir Hans Heysen.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates 24 hour two-way flow (PDF) (Map). Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 1 March 2015. Map MT12. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "South Eastern Freeway". Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 10 February 2015. Over-Height vehicles. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Heysen Tunnels Construction". Government of South Australia, Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 13 August 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 

Coordinates: 34°58′27″S 138°40′34″E / 34.974089°S 138.676072°E / -34.974089; 138.676072