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Old May 19th, 2017, 10:33 PM   #1221
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Old June 9th, 2017, 11:14 PM   #1222
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Perth Links Road, Tasmania

New design for Midlands Highway bypass of Perth, Tasmania:






http://www.midlandhighway.tas.gov.au...rth_link_roads
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Old June 11th, 2017, 09:02 AM   #1223
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In what world is a three-way stack necessary to link 3 single lane roads... and in Tasmania too?
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Old June 11th, 2017, 10:12 AM   #1224
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In what world is a three-way stack necessary to link 3 single lane roads... and in Tasmania too?
Actually, the bypass will be a dual carriageway as per cross section in the image, and the B52 is a busy road which carries traffic between Hobart and the NW coast. I'll take this over a roundabout any day.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 06:33 PM   #1225
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but one of the roads is ending at a tiny roundabout
why not a trumpet interchange instead?
This design seems to just use twice the land and probably quadruple the construction cost
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Old June 13th, 2017, 03:17 AM   #1226
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but one of the roads is ending at a tiny roundabout
why not a trumpet interchange instead?
This design seems to just use twice the land and probably quadruple the construction cost
The roundabout will be replaced in future when the dual carriageway is extended further south.

Personally, I dislike trumpet interchanges. A directional interchange such as this is far superior in terms of geometry. The project is largely federally funded and the State would be foolish to raise objections if the money is available for a higher standard result.
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Old June 13th, 2017, 10:17 AM   #1227
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I think youre all missing my point.

Full motorway-motorway interchanges are fairly rare in Australia. A 3-way stack in rural Tasmania? Get real.

Why not a trumpet? HAHA. More like why not a roundabout?

Is this seriously going to be carrying the sort of traffic that the M7/M5 interchange in Sydney carries? Or the M80 and the Westgate in Melbourne? Or even the Derwent and Tasman Hwy interchange?
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Old June 13th, 2017, 01:12 PM   #1228
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I'm not missing your point. I agree this may be unusual for the setting, and possibly even over-engineered, but I think it's commendable that extra money can be spent to ensure a safe and future-proof design. It will no doubt cost a lot less to construct than if it were built in Perth WA, or Sydney.

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Old June 14th, 2017, 01:12 AM   #1229
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but it is built in Perth... a random Perth
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Old June 14th, 2017, 03:12 AM   #1230
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but it is built in Perth... a random Perth
Touche! Edited for clarity.
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Old June 14th, 2017, 10:51 AM   #1231
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I'm not missing your point. I agree this may be unusual for the setting, and possibly even over-engineered, but I think it's commendable that extra money can be spent to ensure a safe and future-proof design. It will no doubt cost a lot less to construct than if it were built in Perth WA, or Sydney.
I don't think its commendable at all!

Our Federal government and a number of our state governments are running deficits and we have enormous debt. Some states (ahem, Tasmania) are only able to afford this infrastructure because of handouts from other states GST payments.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 01:42 AM   #1232
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I don't think its commendable at all!

Our Federal government and a number of our state governments are running deficits and we have enormous debt. Some states (ahem, Tasmania) are only able to afford this infrastructure because of handouts from other states GST payments.
I agree WA finances are in terrible condition, thanks in part to large infrastructure spending. This project is a drop in the bucket in comparison. But no, Tasmania doesn't deserve it. Because it's located in, well, Tasmania.

Let's put parochialism aside and celebrate good infrastructure, which is not as common in Australia as it should be.
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Old June 15th, 2017, 05:01 AM   #1233
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For Tasmania's Midland Hwy you could duplicate more kilometres of highway instead of building a fancy interchange....you could argue that that isn't necessary either.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 11:22 AM   #1234
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Bruce Highway, Queensland

A 13.5 kilometer segment of 4-lane divided highway opened to traffic on 28 April 2017, from the Cooroy south interchange to Sankeys Road interchange near Federal. It appears to be a motorway standard road. The construction cost was $ 490 million (€ 332 million). Again, this is fairly expensive for a not-so-urban freeway project compared to what you see in Europe or the U.S.
The new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway opened to traffic on 28 April 2017 between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the recently completed section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road) and was completed 5 May 2017.
https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/...o-Sankeys-Road
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Old June 24th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #1235
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A 13.5 kilometer segment of 4-lane divided highway opened to traffic on 28 April 2017, from the Cooroy south interchange to Sankeys Road interchange near Federal. It appears to be a motorway standard road. The construction cost was $ 490 million (€ 332 million). Again, this is fairly expensive for a not-so-urban freeway project compared to what you see in Europe or the U.S.
The new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway opened to traffic on 28 April 2017 between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the recently completed section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road) and was completed 5 May 2017.
https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/...o-Sankeys-Road
At this rate, we might have freeway all the way to Cairns in another hundred years...

Parts of the Bruce Highway up here in north Qld are already getting pretty busy and the standard of some stretches for many years was pitiful. After particularly heavy rain several years back we were cut off from the rest of the country for more than two weeks! Things didn't get fully reopened for about six weeks. They had to ship food in as I recall.

Since then a lot of local upgrades, especially to bridges have reduced the flood risk in some areas, but the road between Cairns and Townsville could really do with grade separation in many areas, if only to reduce accidents on the windier stretches. It's our main link with the rest of the country after all...
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Old June 25th, 2017, 03:31 PM   #1236
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The road between Cairns and Townsville has improved considerably in the last 5-10 years. There's still a bit to go but it's becoming quite a decent drive these days, the extra bit of width does a lot more than I thought it would.
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Old June 26th, 2017, 01:56 PM   #1237
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South Australia State Budget 2017

As budget season is drawing to a close, just a quick look at some road projects that have been funded from the State Budgets of South Australia, then NSW.

Roads:
• $305m Main South Road duplication from Seaford to Sellicks Beach, with the first part being 10km from Seaford to Aldinga Beach Road; [south west of Adelaide]
• $174m Oaklands Crossing project, grade separation with rail underpass, rebuild intersection of Morphett & Diagonal Roads, [southwestern suburbs]
• $405m South Road upgrade, Regency Road to Pym Street in Croydon Park, this section links the Superway section and the Torrens – Torrens section, [north west of city]
• Intersection upgrades in Blackwood and Daw Park, [southern suburbs]

Transport, Non-roads:
• $462m for Gawler rail line electrification [northern suburbs]
• $15m upgrade to Park’n’Ride facilities along the Adelaide O Bahn, [eastern suburbs]
• $1m Mt Gambier airport upgrade

Oaklands Crossing on youtube.

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New South Wales State Budget 2017

NSW feels strong, secure and confident enough in their budget position to take the step forward and invest for the next generation. We see it in the transformational projects such as Westconnex and Northconnex, in the public transport area with Sydney Metro & Northwest Rail, Parramatta Light Rail. The hospitals and schools seemed to have received a good deal from the budget too.

Broken down into the regions of Sydney & NSW:

Sydney – Southern Suburbs
• $14.1 million planning money towards the WestConnex Southern F6 extension
• $1.5 million to commence construction of traffic improvements on the Princes Highway at President Avenue
• $1.9 million to complete investigations and commence design of traffic improvements on King Georges Road at Connells Point Road and Stoney Creek Road
• $2.9 million towards the planning for upgrade of Heathcote Road between Infantry Parade, Hammondville and The Avenue, Pleasure Point

Western Sydney
• $485.2 million to continue building the Northern Road
• $99.3 million for the upgrade of Bringelly Road
• $43.9 million for the Schofields Road upgrade
• $26.9 million to widen Narellan Road to six lanes from Camden Valley Way to Blaxland Road
• $17.5 million for Campbelltown Road upgrade from Camden Valley Way to Denham Court Road
• $16 million for Memorial Avenue from Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road
• $13.4 million to progress the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road upgrade
• $11.1 million for traffic improvements at Riverstone
• $4.5 million to widen Appin Road with intersection upgrades at Menangle Park


Illawarra & South Coast
• $137 million in 2017-18 for upgrades to the Princes Highway, including $35.5 million to complete the Foxground and Berry bypass and $19 million to start building the upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry
• $20 million to complete replacement Princes Highway bridge at Burrill Lake
• $17.3 million in 2017-18 for planning and preconstruction for the Princes Motorway bypass of Albion Park Rail

Hunter & Central Coast
• $93.7 million in 2017-18 to continue construction of the widening of the M1 Pacific Motorway to six lanes between Wyong Road and the Doyalson Link Road (State and Federal funded
• $31 million in 2017-18 to commence construction of the widening of the M1 Pacific Motorway to six lanes between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges (State and Federal funded)

North Coast
• $84 million in 2017-18 to continue construction of the $240 million new bridge across the Clarence River at Grafton
• A share of $1.5 billion to continue the Pacific Highway upgrade program projects between Port Macquarie and Glenugie, near Grafton, continued construction between Glenugie and Ballina and planning for the future bypass of Coffs Harbour

Southern NSW
• $24.4 million to start construction of the Ellerton Drive extension in Queanbeyan
• $23.5 million in 2017-18 to continue construction for the realignment of the Princes Highway at Dignams Creek
• $22.8 million in 2017-18 to for upgrades to Gocup Road between Tumut and Gundagai

Western NSW
• $9.5 million to complete construction of the $40 million realignment of the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill
• $7 million towards a new Cobb Highway bridge over the Murray River between Echuca and Moama (NSW contribution)


Transport, non-Roads

• $2.8 billion to continue the construction of Sydney Metro & Northwest & Southwest rail line capable of carrying 40,000 people per hour around the city once finished
• $1.4 billion maintaining the Sydney rail network
• $25m towards the Parramatta Light Rail project
• $10m towards new Parramatta-Sydney ferries
• $25m planning and industry engagement for new diesel XPT train carriages, for regional NSW
• $29m for seatbelts on rural school buses
• $253 million to continue delivery of 512 new intercity train carriages as part of the $2.3 billion project to replace the trains carrying customers between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast
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