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Old February 3rd, 2009, 01:43 AM   #381
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Pictures: Cahill Expressway (part I)

0. Sign coming off the Harbour Bridge indicating the beginning of the Cahill Expressway.

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The Cahill Expressway was the innermost section of the proposed F7 Eastern Freeway, which has never been constructed to its original design. It was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with the first section (a viaduct over Circular Quay from the Harbour Bridge to Macquarie Street) being opened in 1958. This first section is often said to be Sydney's first freeway, although it really shouldn't be considered a freeway at all as it does not have a median. This first set of pictures covers the viaduct part of it only; from here it goes into a short tunnel under the Domain before emerging near Woolloomooloo, where it terminated until the opening of the Eastern Distributor in 2000.


1. The Cahill Expressway viaduct over Circular Quay, seen from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is actually a double decker viaduct, with a railway line running underneath the road.

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2. This is the southern approach to the Harbour Bridge; the left lane is the exit lane for the Cahill Expressway. Before 1994, the left two lanes both went onto the expressway, but one now functions as a bus lane into the CBD.

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3. Traffic from the Harbour Bridge driving onto the Cahill Expressway.

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4. A view along the viaduct itself, which also carries the Cahill Walk (from which most of these pictures were taken).

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5. Look at the speed limit.

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6. A famous Sydney landmark visible from the expressway.

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7. Approaching the end of the viaduct.

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8. Looking back along the viaduct (I love this view). You can see the westbound carriageway going under the Harbour Bridge approach; on the other side there is a 270 degree loop to take traffic onto the bridge itself. I wish I'd taken a picture of the loop while I was there.

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9. I found this sign amusing, because at first glance it appears to indicate the pedestrian pathway as being the detour.

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10. The end of the viaduct, where traffic diverges to the Macquarie Street exit or the Domain Tunnel.

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11. Traffic enters the viaduct westbound here.

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12. The entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel (opened 1994), which now carries most of the traffic that once would have used the viaduct. This is also part of the Sydney Orbital Motorway.

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13. The on-ramp to the viaduct from Macquarie Street, with two different speed limits indicated.

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14. Traffic entering the expressway from Macquarie Street.

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15. Macquarie Street itself. This marked the end of the expressway from 1958 until 1962, when the Domain Tunnel was opened.

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16. Another view of the Harbour Tunnel entrance, this time seen from Macquarie Street.

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That's all for now, I'll be posting more sometime in the next few days.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:52 AM   #382
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Great set of pics, Robosteve!

Good video as well.

Surprising to see so little traffic in most of those photos on a Thursday...
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Old February 4th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #383
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Great pics. Sydney has some really urban freeways, almost like Tokio, just much more greenery; I especially like palms. And strong sun.. perfect.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 02:37 AM   #384
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lol, everything looks so weird, seeing cars being driven on the opposite side.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 02:56 AM   #385
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lol, everything looks so weird, seeing cars being driven on the opposite side.
1/3 of the world's people live in countries that drive on the left. It's really not that strange. Many provinces in Canada, such as BC, drove on the left side of the road until the early to mid 1920's, likely to facilitate travel between Canada and the US.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #386
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That's true, but most mass-motorized countries drive on the right. If you leave out India only a small part of the world's population drives on the left.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 12:05 PM   #387
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1/3 of the world's people live in countries that drive on the left. It's really not that strange. Many provinces in Canada, such as BC, drove on the left side of the road until the early to mid 1920's, likely to facilitate travel between Canada and the US.
Just like Chris says, even with India included I don't think a third of the world's motorists drive on the left. As you can see on the map below, those countries roughly correspond the old British empire or the current commonwealth (and the old Dutch empire too for some reason). In Australia it's not such a big problem because I don't imagine there being a lot of foreign vehicles there.

Driving on the left is no big deal actually, I tried it on Malta last year and you get used to it quite quickly. The main problem is when you forget where you are and park to the right.



Red = Drive to the right
Blue = Drive to the left
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Old February 5th, 2009, 04:28 PM   #388
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They drive on the right in Gibraltar?
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Old February 5th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #389
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Yep
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #390
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Driving on the left

Actually if we calculate the population living to countries that drive on the left, it sums up to 1.9 billion vs. 3.8 billion living to countries that drive on the right. Therefore it is actually 33 vs. 67%

On the other hand the road network of countries that drive on the left is about 8 million km long vs. 21 million of that in countries that drive on the right. This makes 28% vs. 72%.

(Numbers have been rounded up a bit).
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #391
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If we count freeways that would even be worse. India barely has freeways yet has a huge amount of population.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 10:06 PM   #392
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Even parts of the USA do drive on the left (see: United States Virgin Islands).

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Even parts of the USA do drive on the left (see: United States Virgin Islands).

Mike

I don't consider the Virgin Islands part of the United States, even the citizens can't vote in our general election, same goes for Puerto Rico. calling them part of the United States is sort of a joke. anyways, I have no problem with cars being driven on the left side of the road. I'm sure I'll get used to it if I'm in a place where the rule applies. Its just looks so weird and funny.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #394
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Could somebody refer me to a site (official site) that have the total length of the Australia motorways.

i have searched in the australia bureau of statistic (www.abs.gov.au) site but can find data in it

the only site that i have is vicroad (www.vicroads.vic.gov.au) but only have the Victoria data (after all is a state agency)
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I think it's some 1,000 km.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 05:24 AM   #396
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For information about Australian roads:
www.ozroads.com.au

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Old February 12th, 2009, 06:36 AM   #397
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EDIT: Deleted, updated and re-posted.

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SYDNEY, NSW

46km – M4 Western Mwy
40km – M7 Westlink
31km – M2 Hills Mwy (21km) / Lane Cove Tunnel (4km) / Warringah Fwy (4km) / Gore Hill Fwy (2km)
Sydney Harbour Tunnel
Western Distributor
12km – Cahill Expy (2km) / Eastern Distributor (6km) / Southern Cross Dr (4km)
2km – Cross City Tunnel
26km – M5 South Western Mwy

James Ruse Dr
Metroad 6 Alfords Point Rd
Camden Bypass
Metroad 3 Homebush

…and more…
If you're counting those last few (which I don't think are officially classified as freeways, even though they are almost completely grade separated), then Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation, Burns Bay Road, Captain Cook Bridge and Syd Einfeld Drive are all freeway standard portions of the abandoned F1, F3, F6 and F7 proposals, respectively.

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REGIONAL NEW SOUTH WALES

Pacific Hwy
Newcastle Inner City Bypass
127km – Sydney-Newcastle Fwy
367km – Hume Fwy

… and more…
The Newcastle Inner City Bypass won't be all freeway when it is completed. Only two of the three sections which have already been built are freeway standard, and the other two may end up having some at grade junctions when they are finished.

Also, Peats Ridge Road is freeway standard (though not officially classified as such) for some of its length, as the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway was originally supposed to follow that alignment until an alternative one was decided upon running closer to Gosford.

Apart from that, the Federal Highway is a freeway for most of its length, and the Princes Highway/Southern Freeway/Mount Ousley Road/Southern Freeway between Heathcote and *****h is now completely grade separated, except for two major intersections and maybe a few less important ones, and since there are no lights traffic can flow smoothly at 80 km/h or more along that route. Also, the highway past Kiama just south of there is now 2x2 with a concrete median and grade separated, but for some reason they aren't building the Albion Park Rail Bypass to connect the two.

Finally, there are a couple of freeway standard parts of the New England Highway northwest of Newcastle.

In list form:

SYDNEY, NSW

2 km - Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation
3 km - Burns Bay Road (freeway portion)
2 km - Captain Cook Bridge
1 km - Syd Einfeld Drive

REGIONAL NSW

11 km - Peats Ridge Road (freeway portion, never completed as full profile, only 1+1 or 2+1)
70 km - Federal Highway (including the portion within the ACT)
81 km - Princes Highway (in two sections of 61 km and 20 km)
8 km - New England Highway (in two sections of 6 km and 2 km)

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Old February 12th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #399
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Thanks heaps for all the info, Robosteve!
I'll update the list soon.

I decided to include some freeways not officially classified as such, because IMO they were freeways in everything but name (fully grade-separated high-speed highways). Also, given some roads classified as "freeways" in Australia are not true freeways, in that they either have a number of rural at-grade intersections or are grade-separated 2x1 roads, I've deviated from the official designations.

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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #400
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No problem, and I also just remembered: the first 4 km of the Northern Distributor in Wollongong is freeway standard.

Edit @ your edit: Yeah, the various states should really agree on what is and isn't a freeway. Most of the rural freeways in Victoria would not be freeways if they were in NSW.

And as far as I know, Tiger Brennan Drive in Darwin will become the NT's first freeway when it is completed.
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