Former Alignments: Glen Osmond to Murray Bridge

The route the Princes Highway takes from Glen Osmond to east of Murray Bridge is very different to the original route upon naming in 1938. This page will explain the changes in alignment over the years and show some photos of the old sections of Princes Highway.

In 1938 the route of the Princes was: (get your map out) From the intersection of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide via Glen Osmond Road, current alignment to Devil's Elbow, Mount Barker Road, Hillsdale Ave, current eastbound off-ramp at Crafers, Main Street, then onto Mount Barker through Stirling, Aldgate, Bridgewater and Hahndorf. The old highway route then turns onto North Terrace at Littlehampton, passing through Nairne, north of Callington, and south of Monarto before nearly rejoining the existing highway at Whites Hill Interchange. The old highway then passed through the middle of Murray Bridge, over the river and rejoined the current highway 1km west of the Swanport Bridge.

Since 1938 there have been many changes in alignment that have culminated in the creation of a high-standard controlled access road between Glen Osmond and Murray Bridge. More information on those changes can be found on the History and Development page. For photos of Alt-1 through Murray Bridge please see the Alt-1 (Murray Bridge) page.

Photos of former alignments of the Princes Highway between Glen Osmond and Murray Bridge
A hairpin bend on Mount Barker Road just above the Devil's Elbow at Leawood Gardens. You can see where the road used to be four lanes but has now been narrowed to two following the opening of the Adelaide-Crafers Highway. Jan 2005.
Looking east along Mount Barker Road at Eagle On The Hill. Again, you can see where the road has been restriped as one lane with a cycle lane. Jan 2005.
Looking south on Mount Barker Road through Stirling. Jan 2005.
Mount Barker Road eastbound at the railway overpass in Aldgate. Jan 2005.
Mount Barker Road at a hairpin bend between Bridgewater and Verdun. Jan 2005.
Old Princes Highway (Adelaide Road - B55) heading east through the western outskirts of Murray Bridge. Jan 2005.
Looking east to the Murray Bridge, the first bridge to span the Murray River in SA. Jan 2005.
Looking west to the Murray Bridge. Jan 2005.

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