A petition to rename the Waldo Tunnel in San Francisco after the late Robin Williams has been signed by 6,000 people, within 48 hours, reported ANI News.

According to the petition creator, Julie Wainwrigh, renaming the tunnel, which is located north of the Golden Gate Bridge, would help people remember the "joy" that the 63-year-old standup comedian had spread, Radar Online reported.

Assembly Member Marc Levine, who would decide whether to introduce this legislation or not, said that he would be consulting the Williams' family to know if it was the "most proper" way to honour the "world-renowned entertainer" or not.

Famous for its rainbow archway, the tunnel, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, would help residents and visitors remember "the joy he brought to the world," wrote petition creator Julie Wainwright.

She said changing the name of the twin tubes on Highway 101 between Sausalito, California and Mill Valley, California would "honor the very important citizen and world-renowned entertainer."

In response to the 6,000 signatures in 48 hours, Marc Levine said: "I am very interested in this issue and will be exploring it further.

"Something like this should be done in consultation with Mr. Williams' family. We all want make sure this is the most proper way to honor him."

The comedian had always called Marin County, California home. He attended local Redwood High School before studying drama at the College of Marin, where he was cast in his first stage role in a Wild West version of Taming of the Shrew in 1971.

The actor died at age 63 in an apparent suicide in his home in neighbouring town Tiburon, California on August 11.