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Old October 14th, 2017, 01:48 AM   #1261
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Old November 24th, 2017, 10:05 PM   #1263
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Melbourne Ring Road

North East Link

The Victorian Government today confirmed the route for the long-overdue completion of the ring road.

The North East Link will begin on the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road where the capacity of the Eastern will be doubled with six extra dedicated lanes to eliminate some of eastern Melbourne’s worst bottlenecks.

The expanded Eastern Freeway section will remain toll-free under the Andrews Labor Government.

Heading west, the mega-freeway will connect to a new six lane tunnel at Bulleen with local underground connections at Banksia St and Manningham Road.

The five kilometre-long tunnel will then travel deep beneath the Yarra River, protecting environmentally sensitive parkland and residential areas.

There will be a local connection at Lower Plenty Road, with the North East Link then running north alongside the existing Greensborough Highway, which will stay open for local traffic.

Travel times between Melbourne’s north and south will be cut by up to 30 minutes in each direction, with massive travel time savings for people traveling to Melbourne Airport from the south and east.

While the business case is yet to be finalised, early cost estimates of this massive project range up to $16.5 billion – the single biggest transport infrastructure investment in Victorian history.

Detailed design will now get underway and the business case, including finalising cost estimates, will be publicly released ahead of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

Procurement and planning approval processes will also begin in 2018, ahead of a preferred builder being selected in 2019, and major construction starting in 2020.
Full press release: https://www.vic.gov.au/news/north-east-link-a.html

$ 16.5 billion That's 12.5 billion USD or € 10.5 billion for a 15 kilometre missing link.

What is wrong with Australian road building schemes? Everything is ultra expensive compared to the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Western Europe, etc.
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Old November 25th, 2017, 05:48 AM   #1264
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They seem to also be building a busway in the Eastern Freeway median between Doncaster Road and Hoddle Street (freeway terminus). The median was originally reserved for a rail line, but looks like that idea has been scrapped..
Video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndre...4041023993761/

And yeah. $16.5 billion is crazy. Here's an interactive map of the project: http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project/map

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Old November 25th, 2017, 11:25 AM   #1265
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So they're going to build a new north-south alignment instead of following a 'natural' arc around the city. This will reduce the length of new alignment motorway. That explains why they're going to 12-lane the Eastern Freeway.



Still, $ 16.5 billion is absolutely outrageous for 10 kilometers of new motorway and 12 kilometers of expanded freeway. Even half that would be very expensive.
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Old November 25th, 2017, 12:32 PM   #1266
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When it became possible to Travel on fully paved roads between Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Cairns?
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Old November 25th, 2017, 02:36 PM   #1267
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When it became possible to Travel on fully paved roads between Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Cairns?
The last unpaved sections of the Eyre Highway were sealed in 1976, so that's probably when.
Back in the 70's through to the early 2000's some large stretches of these remote highways were wide dirt roads with a 4-5 metre wide sealed strip down the middle which have since been upgraded to proper 7-8 metre wide, marked roads.
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Old November 29th, 2017, 03:47 AM   #1268
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there were some old highways in the US like that from the 1920's / 1930's, so called "sidewalk highway"...
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Old December 7th, 2017, 12:49 PM   #1269
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State Opposition promise – removing 35 metropolitan intersections

A couple of weeks ago the Victorian State Opposition leader Matthew Guy pledged to remove 35 arterial road intersection across Melbourne and Geelong. Specific arterials roads are targeted including Bell Street, Fitzsimmons Lane, Springvale Road, Princes Hwy, Nepean Hwy and Geelong Road.

The marketing bang has been nowhere near as big as the level crossing removal promise four years ago, however I really like this policy. These roads are six lanes across or wider or have service lanes so there is room to rebuild them. Some locations appear to be demolishing a 1960s overpass in favour of a future underpass.

Many of the city’s major intersections involve more than just two roads crossing each other. They involve third and fourth roads converging near the same place so I hope that these roads are taken into account when redesigning intersections.

At some locations I would like to see double underpass, or one underpass one overpass, such as Princes Hwy East, Springvale Road, Police Road / Centre Road in a six way intersection. When both Princes Hwy & Springvale Roads are being targeted for removals.




Traffic lights would be removed from more than 50 congested road intersections with new underpasses created under a $5 billion pitch from Matthew Guy to voters concerned about congestion in Melbourne and Geelong.

Seizing on the popularity of level crossing removals, the Opposition is marking one year before the state election with the major infrastructure announcement, which would be partly funded by the sale of Snowy Hydro.
If elected, Mr Guy plans to create underpasses at dozens of major intersections to remove traffic lights. The policy would cost between $4.1 billion and $5.3 billion.

Census data shows 74 per cent of Melburnians drive to work every day.
Under the plan, 35 intersections would be removed with the preference for underpasses to be created rather than ugly road flyovers.
Mr Guy has pledged to consult with local communities, engineers and local government.

The 35 intersections are scattered throughout suburban Melbourne, with two also earmarked for removal in Geelong.

Twenty more sites would be identified if the Coalition wins government.
The Coalition estimates the project would create 5,000 jobs during construction.

"These will be freeway style, diamond interchanges," Mr Guy said.

"Despite the level crossing removal program's benefits to traffic along Melbourne's train lines, over one million people continue to sit in gridlocked traffic on other parts of the road network."

Mr Guy said reports showed the cost of congestion to the economy by the end of 2022 — after the next term of government — would be $7.24 billion.

The Opposition said the State Government would contribute up to $1.75 billion to the project with the same level of cash from the Commonwealth.

A further $1.8 billion would come from the sale of Victoria's share of the Snowy Hydro scheme.

The Turnbull Government has flagged interest in buying Victoria's slice.
'You can't build your way out of congestion

Transport planning expert John Stone from the University of Melbourne warned the plan would only create traffic chaos by increasing congestion.

"They're tapping into real concern but they know the evidence internationally, if they don't they should know — you can't build your way out of congestion," Dr Stone said.

"I think it's a very cynical way of exploiting people's very real anxieties about congestion, because what they're really doing is giving them more congestion by spending all this money, which is then not available for public transport, schools and hospitals."

He doubted the project could be delivered without buying up property, and said underpasses would create trenches outside homes and businesses.

Improved traffic flow 'good for business'

"Removing these suburban congestion hotspots will make our roads safer and keep traffic flowing, which means less time spent sitting in gridlock and more time at home with family and friends," Mr Guy said.

"It also means people like tradies, couriers and salespeople who use the roads to get between jobs will be able to do so more quickly. That's good for business and good for jobs."

Mr Guy said it would probably not be necessary to acquire properties or land because the "existing footprints" of the intersections could be used.

He said he was confident the underpasses would not reduce turning options.
"Some will have a right turn available to them, it depends on the engineering works put in place," he said.
"Most I expect would, it just depends on the engineering at the time."
He said the Coalition sought independent advice when drawing up the plan.
"We've had these costs independently assessed to ensure they are absolutely correct," Mr Guy said.

The Coalition is set to spend big on roads in its pitch to Victorians in 2018, with Mr Guy already committing to revive the East West Link as well as build the North East Link which Labor has already began preliminary work on.

The Andrews Government's level crossing removals have proven popular and its infrastructure agenda will also be a key part of its platform to retain office at next year's election.


Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-2...-issue/9166410

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So they're going to build a new north-south alignment instead of following a 'natural' arc around the city. This will reduce the length of new alignment motorway. That explains why they're going to 12-lane the Eastern Freeway.


Still, $ 16.5 billion is absolutely outrageous for 10 kilometers of new motorway and 12 kilometers of expanded freeway. Even half that would be very expensive.

Such a shame that it comes from a leader who said it wasn't worth the paper it's written on and flushed $1.2billion down the toilet to cancel a 6km tunnel contract that was costing about $6billion, all over an economic ratio....

Then to come out and announce that he would build the North East Link that involves a tunnel of similar length (mostly under parkland and wetland) that would initially cost $6billion, provide three unrealistic alternate options that would cost between $13b to $20b, to select the only option that is really available to him, then to blow up the cost to $16.5b which is now more than Option B.....
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