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Old February 12th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #401
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Thanks again, I've added those two.

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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)
Unfortunately, I can't help you there. Since classification is handled by each state, your best bet would be to check the website of the relevant department for each state (eg www.vicroads.vic.gov.au, www.mainroads.qld.gov.au, www.mainroads.wa.gov.au, etc). I had a brief look through the state sites and didn't find any such definitive lists, so unless you find them, you'll probably need to contact each department directly. You could calculate using Google Maps, though that would be slow and time-consuming, and Google Maps has a number of errors.

Also, my list is obviously not an official list; I compiled it for interest's sake.

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EDIT: Deleted, updated and re-posted.

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Old February 13th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #403
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57 km – Southern Fwy / Mt Ousley Rd / Southern Fwy
My estimate was slightly longer because I included the section of the Princes Highway between Heathcote and Waterfall. This road is 2x2 with a wide median, has a speed limit of 100 km/h (except through Waterfall, where it is 80) and a grade separated intersection in Waterfall itself.

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+83 km – Pacific Hwy (Coopernook – Bulahdelah, excl Coolongolook, Karuah)
+47 km – Pacific Hwy (Tweed Valley Way – McLeods Shoot)
10 km – Pacific Hwy (Karuah Bypass)
You don't seem to have included the Yelgun to Chinderah Freeway portion of the Pacific Highway upgrade. That part, plus the Chinderah Bypass, is 34 km long. I don't know if you included the Tugun Bypass under the Pacific Motorway in Queensland or not.

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27 km – M11 Mornington Peninsula Fwy
25 km – M2 CityLink West (12 km) / M2 Tullamarine Fwy (13 km)
7 km – M11 Frankston Fwy
I thought they had renumbered the M2 back to Metropolitan Route 43, and never actually changed Metropolitan Route 11 to M11 at all? The reason for this eludes me completely; every other motorway in Melbourne now has an M number.

Thanks for the list, Deranged. I've thought about trying to do this several times, but always given up on the idea due to the varying definitions of what constitutes a freeway. It's nice to be able to see all the freeways in the country laid out in such an organised format.
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My estimate was slightly longer because I included the section of the Princes Highway between Heathcote and Waterfall. This road is 2x2 with a wide median, has a speed limit of 100 km/h (except through Waterfall, where it is 80) and a grade separated intersection in Waterfall itself.
I see. I'll edit that.

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You don't seem to have included the Yelgun to Chinderah Freeway portion of the Pacific Highway upgrade. That part, plus the Chinderah Bypass, is 34 km long. I don't know if you included the Tugun Bypass under the Pacific Motorway in Queensland or not.
I included it as part of "Tweed Valley Way to McLeods Shoot". But I'm glad you reminded me about the state border issue – I had simply thrown everything north of Tweed Valley Way into QLD. I'll edit the state totals.

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I thought they had renumbered the M2 back to Metropolitan Route 43, and never actually changed Metropolitan Route 11 to M11 at all? The reason for this eludes me completely; every other motorway in Melbourne now has an M number.
You're right, I'll edit those as well. Thanks.

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Thanks for the list, Deranged. I've thought about trying to do this several times, but always given up on the idea due to the varying definitions of what constitutes a freeway. It's nice to be able to see all the freeways in the country laid out in such an organised format.
I'll re-organise it into separate lists of freeways and limited-access highways, and re-post the list later.

I also need to update the list of freeways under construction.

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The entire Northern Territory doesn't even have one single stretch of freeway-grade roadway? Wow. I thought there would at least be something in Darwin running through its suburbs.
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Darwin has a long divided arterial road running 40km from the CBD to Noonamah.
Not freeway standard but pretty good for a city of 120,000 with no cities for the next 1,500km.
There's a 2km long section of divided highway at the turnoff to Edith Falls. It's quite bizar as there is virtualy no traffic at all on that stretch.
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The entire Northern Territory doesn't even have one single stretch of freeway-grade roadway? Wow. I thought there would at least be something in Darwin running through its suburbs.
There will be when Tiger Brennan Drive is finished. It's not freeway standard at its eastern end, but if I remember correctly it will have grade separated interchanges from a couple of kilometres out of Darwin's CBD to where it will eventually meet the Stuart Highway.
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=============================================================================

LIST OF FREEWAYS AND LIMITED-ACCESS HIGHWAYS IN AUSTRALIA
as of February 2009

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Total length of freeways – 1,802 km
- including sections under construction – 1,900 km

Total length of limited-access highways – 1,112 km

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Total length of freeways and limited-access highways – 2,914 km
- including sections under construction – 3,012 km

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@----- INCLUSION:

The freeway list includes:
All fully grade-separated divided highways, with at least 2 lanes in each direction.

The limited-access highway list includes (with associated symbols):
= fully grade-separated 2x1 highways (super-two highways);
+ rural 2x2 divided highways with grade-separated interchanges at major junctions and at-grade intersections with quiet country roads, with no roundabouts or traffic lights, and no stop or give-way signs on the mainline;
- predominantly grade-separated divided highways in urban areas with at least 2 lanes in each direction and a maximum of one at-grade intersection, with no roundabouts or traffic lights, and no stop or give-way signs on the mainline.

Minimum length for inclusion:
- 10 km in rural areas
- 3 km in urban areas
- 2 km for tunnel freeways

@----- SYMBOLS:

* under construction
^ partially complete, remainder under construction
See "The limited-access highway list includes" above for an explanation of =, + and -

@----- NOTES:

All freeways and limited-access highways listed have unobstructed right-of-way for through traffic at all times.
That is, none of them have any traffic lights or roundabouts, nor stop or give-way signs on the mainline, with the exception of:
- one traffic light on the Pacific Hwy (listed under Gold Coast, QLD) in the Tweed shire, NSW;
- one roundabout on the Sunshine Mwy (Sunshine Coast, QLD) at Coolum;
- one roundabout on the Centenary Hwy (Brisbane, QLD) at Richlands, currently being upgraded to a fully free-flowing interchange.

Highway destination listings:
The “start” destination of a rural highway is listed as the end nearest the state capital.
The “start” destination of a radial urban highway is listed as the end nearest the CBD.
Destinations on orbital urban highways are listed clockwise.

General notes:
This is NOT an official list. The states have different standards as to what constitutes a freeway, leading to inconsistencies. Some official freeways have at-grade intersections or are 2x1, while some fully grade-separated 2x2 highways are not classified as freeways. I created this list in order to record the lengths of “true” freeways as well as limited-access roads, by deviating from official classifications and instead applying a uniform definition. This is much more meaningful in my opinion.

References:
This list was compiled using OzRoads, Google Maps and Wikipedia.
If you see any mistakes or omissions, let me know.






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NEW SOUTH WALES
Freeways – 585 km (incl 13 km under “Gold Coast, QLD”)
Limited-Access Highways – 490 km
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@----- SYDNEY

Freeways – 233 km
59 km – Cahill Expy (2 km) / Eastern Dist (4 km) / Sthn Cross Dr (7 km) / M5 South Western Mwy (32 km) / M31 Hume Fwy (to Narellan Rd) (14 km)
47 km – M4 Western Mwy
40 km – M7 Westlink
31 km – Gore Hill Fwy (3 km) / Warringah Fwy (4 km) / Lane Cove Tunnel (4 km) / M2 Hills Mwy (20 km)
24 km – Sydney-Newcastle Fwy (Hornsby – Mooney Mooney)
7 km – Alfords Point Rd (Alma Rd – Old Illawarra Rd, Menai)
6 km – Western Distributor (4 km) / Sydney Harbour Bridge (2 km)
5 km – Bangor Bypass
4 km – James Ruse Dr (Kleins Rd – Thomas St)
3 km – Homebush Bay Dr (Concord Rd – Western Mwy)
3 km – Victoria Rd (Westbourne St – Burns Bay Rd) / Burns Bay Rd (to View St)
2 km – Cross City Tunnel
2 km – Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Limited-Access Highways – 8 km
-8 km – Camden Bypass

@----- NEWCASTLE

Freeways – 16 km
7 km – Newcastle Inner City Bypass (South)
6 km – Pacific Hwy (Raymond Terrace Bypass)
3 km – Newcastle Inner City Bypass (North)

@----- CENTRAL COAST

Freeways – 51 km
51 km – Sydney-Newcastle Fwy (Mooney Mooney – Motorway Link)

Limited-Access Highways – 17 km
=11 km – Peats Ridge Rd
=6 km – Motorway Link

@----- WOLLONGONG

Freeways – 85 km
61 km – Princes Hwy / Southern Fwy / Mt Ousley Rd / Southern Fwy
20 km – Princes Hwy (Riverside Dr – Gerringong)
4 km – Northern Distributor

@----- REGIONAL NEW SOUTH WALES

Freeways – 187 km
70 km – Hume Fwy (from Narellan Rd) / Hume Hwy (to Old Hume Hwy, south of Berrima)
51 km – Sydney-Newcastle Fwy (Motorway Link – New England Hwy)
34 km – Pacific Hwy (Chinderah – Yelgun)
22 km – Pacific Hwy (Bulahdelah – Coolongolook Fwy)
10 km – Pacific Hwy (Karuah Bypass)

Limited-Access Highways – 465 km
+224 km – Hume Hwy (Old Hume Hwy, south of Berrima – Coolac)
+70 km – Federal Hwy
+63 km – Pacific Hwy (Coolongolook – Coopernook)
+49 km – Hume Hwy (Mingay – Sturt Hwy)
+22 km – Hume Hwy (Humula Rd, Tarcutta – Tumbarumba Rd, Kyeamba)
+14 km – Hume Hwy (Table Top – NSW-VIC border)
+13 km – Pacific Hwy (McLeods Shoot – Yelgun)
+10 km – Hume Hwy (South of Kyeamba – north of Little Billabong)

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VICTORIA
Freeways – 491 km (^525 km)
Limited-Access Highways – 431 km
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@----- MELBOURNE

Freeways – 333 km (^342 km)
60 km – M1 West Gate Fwy (14 km) / M1 Princes Fwy (Western Ring Rd – Geelong Ring Rd) (46 km)
59 km – M1 CityLink South (10 km) / M1 Monash Fwy (34 km) / M1 Princes Fwy (Berwick – Nar Nar Goon) (15 km)
39 km – M3 Eastlink
38 km – M80 Western Ring Rd / M80 Metropolitan Ring Rd
27 km – Mornington Peninsula Fwy
25 km – CityLink West (12 km) / Tullamarine Fwy (13 km)
23 km – M79 Calder Fwy (Calder Park Raceway – Gap Rd, Sunbury)
18 km – M3 Eastern Fwy
^15 km – M8 Western Fwy (Deer Park Bypass) (*9 km) / M8 Western Fwy (to Troups Rd Nth, Rockbank) (6 km)
14 km – M31 Hume Fwy (Metropolitan Ring Rd – Old Hume Hwy, Craigieburn)
9 km – M79 Calder Fwy (Tullamarine Fwy – Highland Rd, Keilor North)
7 km – Frankston Fwy
6 km – M420 South Gippsland Fwy

Limited-Access Highways – 31 km
+24 km – M8 Western Fwy (Troups Rd Nth, Rockbank – Bacchus Marsh)
+5 km – M79 Calder Fwy (Highland Rd, Keilor North – Calder Park Raceway)

@----- REGIONAL VICTORIA

Freeways – 158 km (^183 km)
49 km – M8 Western Fwy (Bacchus Marsh – Leigh Creek)
45 km – M31 Hume Fwy (Beveridge – Divider Rd, Tallarook)
43 km – M79 Calder Fwy (Gap Rd, Sunbury – Kyneton Main Rd)
*25 km – M1 Princes Fwy (Geelong Ring Rd)
23 km – M1 Princes Fwy (Lloyd St, Moe – Morwell-Traralgon Rd, Morwell)

Limited-Access Highways – 402 km
+215 km – M31 Hume Fwy (Divider Rd, Tallarook – VIC-NSW border)
+97 km – M1 Princes Fwy (Nar Nar Goon – Lloyd St, Moe)
+45 km – M39 Goulburn Valley Fwy
+17 km – M8 Western Fwy (Leigh Creek – Sunraysia Hwy)
+17 km – M79 Calder Fwy (Kyneton Main Rd – Malmsbury East Rd)
+11 km – M31 Hume Fwy (Old Hume Hwy, Craigieburn – Beveridge)

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QUEENSLAND
Freeways – 387 km (^398 km)
Limited-Access Highways – 135 km
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@----- BRISBANE

Freeways – 243 km (^250 km)
49 km – M3/M1 Pacific Mwy (Coronation Dr – Pimpama)
48 km – M1 Gateway Mwy
37 km – A7 Ipswich Rd (2 km) (from Keats Rd) / M7/M2 Ipswich Mwy (21 km) / A2 Warrego Hwy (to Dorman La, Blacksoil) (14 km)
36 km – M3 Gympie Arterial Rd (6 km) / M1 Bruce Hwy (Gateway Mwy – Pumicestone Rd) (30 km)
30 km – M2 Logan Mwy
13 km – M5 Western Fwy (5 km) / M5 Centenary Mwy (to Ipswich Mwy) (8 km)
10 km – Cunningham Hwy (Ipswich Mwy – Ripley Rd)
8 km – D’Aguilar Hwy (Caboolture Bypass)
*7 km – CleM7 North South Bypass Tunnel
5 km – M3 Inner City Bypass
4 km – Deagon Deviation
3 km – Moreton Bay Rd (Old Cleveland Rd – Mount Cotton Rd)

Limited-Access Highways – 32 km
=14 km – M5 Centenary Mwy (Garden Rd – Sinnathamby Bvd)
-8 km – Beaudesert Rd (Nottingham Rd – Johnson Rd) (4 km) / Mount Lindesay Hwy (to Park Ridge Rd) (4 km)
=6 km – Cunningham Hwy (Ripley Rd – Middle Rd, Purga)
=4 km – Port of Brisbane Mwy

@----- GOLD COAST

Freeways – 69 km
64 km – M1 Pacific Mwy (Pimpama – QLD/NSW border) (51 km), Pacific Hwy (to Chinderah, excl Banora Point) (13 km)
5 km – Smith Street Mwy (Pacific Mwy – Parklands Bvd)

@----- SUNSHINE COAST

Freeways – 88 km (^92km)
77 km – M1 Bruce Hwy (Pumicestone Rd – Cooroy, excl Roys Rd – Bells Creek Rd)
11 km – Sunshine Mwy (Bruce Hwy – Maroochydore Rd)
*4 km – Caloundra Rd (Bruce Hwy – Maroochydore-Caloundra Rd)

Limited-Access Highways – 22 km
=22 km – Sunshine Mwy (Maroochydore Rd – Emu Mountain Rd)

@----- TOWNSVILLE

Limited-Access Highways – 4 km
=4 km – Douglas Arterial

@----- REGIONAL QUEENSLAND

Limited-Access Highways – 77 km
77 km – Warrego Hwy (Eleazar Dr, Blacksoil – East St, East Toowoomba)

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Freeways – 144 km (^174 km)
Limited-Access Highways – 0 km (*41 km)
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@----- PERTH

Freeways – 144 km (^174 km)
^76 km – Kwinana Fwy (46 km) / Perth-Bunbury Hwy (Safety Bay Rd – Pinjarra Rd) (*30 km)
33 km – Mitchell Fwy
18 km – Tonkin Hwy (Mills Rd East – Thomas Rd)
17 km – Roe Hwy (Tonkin Hwy – Kwinana Fwy)
8 km – Tonkin Hwy (Collier Rd – Leach Hwy)
7 km – Graham Farmer Fwy
4 km – Reid Hwy (Erindale Rd – Mirrabooka Av)
4 km – Roe Hwy (Kalamunda Rd – Berkshire Rd)
4 km – Tonkin Hwy (Kewdale Rd – Hale Rd)
3 km – Great Eastern Hwy Bypass (Kalamunda Rd – Stirling Cr)

@----- REGIONAL WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Limited-Access Highways – 0 km (*41 km)
*41 km – Perth-Bunbury Hwy (Pinjarra Rd – Old Coast Rd, Australind)

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Freeways – 94 km (^117 km)
Limited-Access Highways – 15 km
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@----- ADELAIDE

Freeways – 50 km (^73 km)
*23 km – Northern Expy
21 km – M2 Southern Expy
17 km – M1 Adelaide-Crafers Hwy (10 km) / M1 South Eastern Fwy (to Mt Barker) (7 km)
7 km – A20 Gawler Bypass
5 km – A9 Port River Expy

@----- REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Freeways – 44 km
44 km – South Eastern Fwy (Mt Barker – Swanport Rd, Murray Bridge)

Limited-Access Highways – 15 km
+15 km – South Eastern Fwy (Swanport Rd, Murray Bridge – Princes Hwy)

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TASMANIA
Freeways – 53 km
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@----- HOBART

Freeways – 39 km
16 km – A3 Tasman Hwy
13 km – A6 Southern Outlet
10 km – Brooker Hwy (Loyd Rd – Lyell Hwy)

@----- REGIONAL TASMANIA

Freeways – 14 km
11 km – Midland Hwy (Frankland St – Evandale Rd)
3 km – East Tamar Hwy (George Town Rd – George Town Rd)

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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Freeways – 40 km
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@----- CANBERRA

Freeways – 40 km
12 km – Tuggeranong Pkwy
10 km – Gungahlin Dr (Sandford St – Tuggeranong Pkwy)
9 km – Monaro Hwy (Dairy Rd – Tharwa Rd)
5 km – Adelaide Av (3 km) / Yarra Glen (2 km)
4 km – Parkes Way

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NORTHERN TERRITORY
Freeways – 0 km (*8 km)
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@----- DARWIN

Freeways – 0 km (*8 km)
*8 km – Tiger Brennan Dr






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INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS
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This is a list of the freeway / limited-access highway percentages of major interstate routes.

Pacific Hwy (Brisbane – Sydney): 925 km. Fwy/LimAcc: 388 km (42%)
Hume Hwy (Sydney – Melbourne): 885 km. Fwy/LimAcc: 761 km (86%)
Princes Hwy (Sydney – Melbourne): 1,035 km. Fwy/LimAcc: 268 km (26%)
Western Hwy (Melbourne – Adelaide): 728 km. Fwy/LimAcc: 217 km (30%)

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Old February 14th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #409
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Very good.

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fully grade-separated 2x1 highways
Aren't those called a "Super Two" or something?
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Thanks.

As for super-two highways, I didn't want to list them separately because there are not many in Australia, so I just marked them with a symbol.

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thanks for your replies,

its a pity that no official site account the road network but you do a excellent work

my own account using google maps
total freeways 1785 km
total expressways 438 km (hume highway, federal highway and barton highway)
total = 2223 km

West Australia - 75 km (69+6)
South Australia - 108 km (78+18+4+8)
Tasmania - 22 km (14+8)
Queensland - 244 km (121+38+8+16+13+5+4+4+35) includes a few freeway km in NSW in the Pacific freeway
New South Wales (includes ATC) - 891 km (28+22+10+6+128+46+111+6+1+2+40+53+364+67+7) includes 438 km of expressways
Victoria - 883 km (310+16+108+9+106+51+127+38+14+5+20+24+55) (includes a few freeway km in NSW in the Hume freeway)
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Nice work.
That would be close to the official freeway length (Google Maps has some errors).

As I said, my list isn't official. But since the states have different standards as to what constitues a freeway (NSW relatively strict, VIC very lenient, etc), I wanted to work out what length of road could be considered "real" freeways.


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Driving video: Warringah Freeway / Gore Hill Freeway / Lane Cove Tunnel

Length: 10.3 km / 8:48 (average speed 70 km/h)
Date: Saturday, 31st January, 2009
Time: 23:40 (approx.)

Route:

[IMG]http://i42.************/2eprrld.png[/IMG]

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Cool video, many interchanges there. How long is that tunnel? Are there many 6-lane freeways in Sydney? AFAIK the beltway is 4-laned.
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How long is that tunnel?
3.6 kilometres, according to http://www.lanecovetunnelproject.com..._overview.html

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Are there many 6-lane freeways in Sydney? AFAIK the beltway is 4-laned.
Most of Sydney's freeways were built as 2x2 with no reserve for future widening, a move which I do not understand at all, as many of them come to a complete halt more than 20 kilometres away from the CBD during peak hour. There are a few 2x3 freeways though; the M4 is 2x3 for most of its length I think, and parts of the M2, F3 and F5 are in the process of being widened to 2x3 or 2x4, or have planned future widening.

The orbital motorway is 2x2 for most of its length, but there are exceptional sections; the motorways in that video are actually part of the orbital. Apart from those, part of the M2 is 3+2, parts of the Cahill Expressway and Eastern Distributor are 2x3, Southern Cross Drive is 2x3 and the short section of General Holmes Drive that is part of the orbital is 2x4. Also, due to the interchange design between the M5 and the M7, there is only one through lane in each direction for traffic wishing to remain on the orbital.
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Thanks for the answer, yes, I meant the western part of the orbital, the eastern part is of course too 'central' to be just 2×2.
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Great video, Robosteve!

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Driving video: M4 Western Motorway eastbound
Part I: Great Western Highway, Lapstone to Roper Road, Colyton

Length: 17.9 km / 9:22 (average speed 115 km/h)
Date: Saturday, 28th February, 2009
Time: 15:30 (approx.)

Route:

[IMG]http://i40.************/15pflts.png[/IMG]




This video should feature the song "Willie The Pimp", but it was muted by YouTube. Also, the first section of road is not part of the motorway, but the Great Western Highway coming down from the mountains. You can see a "Start Freeway" sign shortly after the speed limit changes to 90 km/h, at about 0:46.

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Right-lane hogger. Nice vid; how come this motorway is so short? Or even worse, how come no part of the Hume Hwy (Sydney - Melbourne) is motorway in NSW, while in Victoria it's motorway in its entire length?
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Nice vid; how come this motorway is so short?
It was always planned to end where it does in the west, but its eastern terminus was the best highway engineers could do after the anti-freeway government in the 1970s sold all the reserved land between Concord and the CBD. The government's solution to a highway through the mountains west of here, by the way, is not to extend the Western Motorway further, but to upgrade the Great Western Highway to 2x2 going straight through the middle of towns, so you still have 60 km/h sections with signalised intersections. I assume this is because of NIMBYs, greenies and/or the government not wanting to spend its precious money that pays politicians' salaries.

A while back they were thinking of finally connecting the M4 all the way to the CBD via a tunnel. Here is what became of those plans, which I take to be political bullshit for "we don't want to build it".

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Or even worse, how come no part of the Hume Hwy (Sydney - Melbourne) is motorway in NSW, while in Victoria it's motorway in its entire length?
The main reason for that is simply a difference in definition. Victorians are more lenient in their definition of what makes a freeway, so they call the entire highway in their state a freeway. Here in NSW the definition is much stricter, so the highway doesn't qualify, even though most of it is of similar standard. There are a few sections in NSW which would not be considered freeway even in Victoria, though; the Federal Government wants to bypass or upgrade all of them by 2012, and at least one (the Sheahan Bridge duplication in Gundagai) is already under construction.
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