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Old January 21st, 2014, 12:27 AM   #181
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Its 4 lanes (undivided) almost the whole way from Belford to Golden Hwy now. I would assume the extension of dual carriageways on this section would happen sooner or later anyway.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:58 AM   #182
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I wonder what design standard they were contemplating here. For the costs they're talking about I would assume it's freeway-grade deviation with 3-5 full interchanges.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 02:11 AM   #183
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Its 4 lanes (undivided) almost the whole way from Belford to Golden Hwy now. I would assume the extension of dual carriageways on this section would happen sooner or later anyway.
Only just, and only very recently is there a 2nd lane up until the Golden Highway turn off to the left at Whittingham - which I use, it was a quagmire up until late last year as the lanes merged into one just before.
Still, improvements have been slow the last few years, but worthwhile.
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Old February 28th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #184
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Things are looking promising, surely can't be too far away, all the signs are up.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 02:00 PM   #185
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Here is the official word..

Hunter Expressway will Open to Traffic in Two Weeks
Media Release, WT028/2014, 06 March 2014
Joint release with: Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads and Ports
Bob Baldwin, Federal Member for Patterson
Robyn Parker, State Member for Maitland

http://www.minister.infrastructure.g...t028_2014.aspx

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the Hunter region's largest road infrastructure project will open to traffic on Saturday 22 March 2014.

Mr Truss confirmed he will visit the Hunter region for an official dedication on Friday 21 March ahead of the road formally opening to traffic the next day. “This has certainly been a much-anticipated project for people in the Hunter region, with the 40 kilometre Hunter Expressway expected to cut travel times by up to 28 minutes on the trip to Newcastle,” Mr Truss said.

“With $1.5 billion of the total $1.7 billion for the project funded by the Federal Government, I am delighted to be able to visit the site to cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the Expressway.

“This is a project that has spanned three federal governments. It was identified and started under the Howard Government, was continued by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd governments and now completed by the Abbott Government.

“Some 10,000 workers have been employed to build the road which included more than 288,000 tonnes of asphalt, 52 bridges and six interchanges.”

Minister Gay said that ultimately the Expressway would mean more time spent with family and friends and less time on the road. “Increasing the efficiency of the road network also provides clear productivity benefits for business and the economy,” Minister Gay said. “The new corridor will relieve congestion between Newcastle and the towns of Thornton, Maitland and Rutherford with forecast reduced traffic of 15,000 to 30,000 vehicles per day by 2031.

“There are six interchanges where motorists can access the Expressway once it opens. The interchanges are at Newcastle/M1 Pacific Motorway, Buchanan, Kurri Kurri, Loxford, Allandale and Branxton as well as the connection to the New England Highway at Lower Belford.

“We will use electronic message signs to inform motorists about the opening—they will be on major routes including the M1 Pacific Motorway, New England Highway, John Renshaw Drive, Main Road and Buchanan Road.”

State Member for Maitland Robyn Parker and Federal Member for Patterson Bob Baldwin said that on March 22 the community will be able to walk or ride between the Kurri Kurri interchange and the rest areas at Buchanan, a distance of around six kilometres.

“As we promised, the community is invited to access the Expressway on 22 March, before it opens to traffic,” Ms Parker said. “Access will be from the Kurri Kurri interchange via the pedestrian and cycle path on Main Road which runs between Kurri Kurri and Heddon Greta.”

“Experienced cyclists can ride on the corridor from 7am, with access for pedestrians and recreational cyclists from 8.30am,” Mr Baldwin said. “People are encouraged to park at Booth Park in Kurri Kurri and walk to the event.

“Around midday access will again be closed to allow final preparations to be made ahead of the road opening to traffic in the evening.”

People who may require disability access are asked to register their interest via the project team on 1800 001 267. People parking near the Kurri Kurri interchange are reminded to follow all relevant parking rules and signage.

For information about the project including a map and details about how to use the interchanges visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/hex.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 08:13 PM   #186
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Hunter Expressway opens March 22 By MATT CARR March 6, 2014, 7:15 a.m.DRIVERS will be able to turn onto the Hunter Expressway from March 22, the government has announced.
Hunter Expressway opens March 22

DRIVERS will be able to turn onto the Hunter Expressway from March 22, the government has announced.
The long-awaited road billed as the Hunter’s largest road project will be dedicated on Friday March 21 before opening formally the next day.

The opening will allow Hunter residents to walk or ride a six kilometre stretch between the Kurri Kurri interchange and areas at Buchanan between 7am and midday on Saturday.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the link was expected to significantly change travel times in the Hunter.
‘‘The 40-kilometre Hunter Expressway [is] expected to cut travel times by up to 28 minutes on the trip to Newcastle,’’ Mr Truss said.
‘‘This is a project that has spanned three federal governments [and] I am delighted to be able to visit the site to cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the expressway.’’
Mr Truss said 10,000 workers had forged the road from 288,000 tonnes of asphalt to include six interchanges and 52 bridges.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the road could also boost the region’s business sector.
‘‘Increasing the efficiency of the road network also provides clear productivity benefits for business and the economy,” Minister Gay said.
“The new corridor will relieve congestion between Newcastle and the towns of Thornton, Maitland and Rutherford with forecast reduced traffic of 15,000 to 30,000 vehicles per day by 2031.’’
Interchanges will open at the M1, Buchanan, Kurri Kurri, Loxford, Allandale and Branxton.
The Hunter Expressway will also join the New England Highway at Lower Belford.


http://www.theherald.com.au/story/21...rch-22/?cs=305
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Old March 21st, 2014, 03:11 AM   #187
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Newcastle Herald:
VIDEO: Hunter Expressway from the air
OFFICIALS have formally dedicated the Hunter Expressway ahead of its opening on Saturday.
More:http://www.theherald.com.au/story/21...he-air/?cs=305
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Old March 21st, 2014, 04:03 AM   #188
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Next trip thataway is to Port Stephens and not exactly on the way but worth a look. Might give me an excuse to go to Dungog by road for the first time.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 07:43 AM   #189
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Ramps progressively open to traffic 4pm 22/3/14

Who is the first skyscrapercity.com member to have driven on the Hunter Expressway?

Let us know your thoughts when you do.

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Old March 22nd, 2014, 07:59 AM   #190
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mubd is, I'm sure, filming it as you write...
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:54 AM   #191
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Nah, I'm going to get filming sometime around noon tomorrow.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:40 AM   #192
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It will be interesting to see how much time it actually saves from the trip. Will it make the trip from Sydney to Brisbane via the New England Highway much quicker?
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:44 AM   #193
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Not that we need reminding, but let's do Google's work for them until they update:

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Old March 22nd, 2014, 10:01 AM   #194
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 11:27 AM   #195
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looking at pics it appears some parts are concrete and other parts are asphalt was there a reason for this was there soft soil
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 11:52 AM   #196
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looking at pics it appears some parts are concrete and other parts are asphalt was there a reason for this was there soft soil
Possible over the lowlands towards the western end, would have to go back to the project docs and read over further.

Most likely the asphalt sections are nearby to residential areas and is an attempt at noise reduction.

TV station, NBN Newcastle's news site has some interesting reports and vision of the road that would've aired on their 6pm bulletin tonight:

History of the road (the most interesting):
http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/...e-real-heroes/

The walk this morning:
http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/...er-expressway/

Friday night's report:
http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/...ally-complete/

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Old March 22nd, 2014, 12:20 PM   #197
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Will be very interesting to see the subculture peak hour through Branxton on Monday morning, may take a little while before commuters start using it.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 02:37 PM   #198
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Missed the opening today.. :-'(
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 03:11 PM   #199
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