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Old March 15th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #481
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Old March 15th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #482
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Thanks for the pictures! I've never been to WA before, so it's interesting to see what their roads look like.
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Old March 15th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #483
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Fantastic set of pictures, Robosteve. Thanks for sharing!

Nice shots also, Lijman.

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Old March 16th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #484
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Border between Western and South Australia on the Eyre Hwy.

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Old March 16th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #485
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Closest thing we have to an international border crossing.

In case anyone is wondering, you're not allowed to take things like fresh fruit across state borders (or into the country) in case they are carrying a plant disease or parasite.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 01:50 PM   #486
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The Sea Cliff Bridge (south of Sydney, near Wollongong) is quite cool.




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The Kwinana Freeway in Perth, Western Australia

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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #487
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Driving video: M2 Motorway, Sydney (including Lane Cove Tunnel)
Falcon Street, North Sydney to Westlink M7, Baulkham Hills

Length: 27.9 km / 9:56 @ 1.8x (average actual speed 94 km/h, average apparent speed 169 km/h)
Date: Saturday, 7th March, 2009
Time: 15:30 (approx.)

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0:05 - This onramp was a recent addition to the Warringah Freeway, built as part of the Lane Cove Tunnel project. It is the only onramp in Sydney which provides access to an otherwise untolled freeway, but itself is tolled.

0:50 - This is where the Warringah Freeway becomes the Gore Hill Freeway. The Gore Hill Freeway was widened to 2x3 as part of the Lane Cove Tunnel project.

1:50 - Speed cameras in the Lane Cove Tunnel ensure that traffic stays below 80 km/h.

3:40 - The start of the M2 motorway.

4:30 - While I am travelling 115 km/h, another driver decides to change lanes in front of me at 90 km/h.

5:15 - Since the other driver was not about to move across, I decide to overtake on the left.

5:35 - This section of road used to be 2x2. It is now 3+2, with a limit of 80 km/h (reducing to 70 for the tunnel) for us and 100 km/h in the other direction.

5:55 - Speed camera; everybody slows to 70 km/h.

6:00 - The M2 tunnel, which has lane changing prohibited for some reason.

6:15 - Overhead viaduct for buses, which becomes a bus lane in each direction on the motorway.

6:25 - Finally, a 100 km/h speed limit.

7:35 - MR7 traffic wanting the new M7 motorway merges with the M2 here. For a short while, the M2 is signed as MR2/M7 duplex.

8:20 - Again, thanks to the moronic drivers around here, I must overtake on the left. (The right lane is a bus lane.)

8:55 - Speed limit drops to 90 km/h.

9:10 - Look to the left, and you will see a bus stop. On a motorway.

9:45 - This exit used to be the end of the motorway, dumping traffic onto Old Windsor Road or Abbott Road.

9:50 - Now, the M2 simply becomes the M7.

9:55 - The speed limit on the M7 is 100 km/h. You can see the electronic toll collection point.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #488
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cool! I enjoy your vids and pics. Keep em coming.

Melbourne has some nice and also some horrendous freeways. Has anyone seen the Hume highway between Craigieburn and Wallan? Good grief what a disaster. Uneven, narrow pavement with ugly, rough patched up surface and at-grade intersections galore. Definately the worst freeway in Melbourne (if not the country), why it wasnt fixed as part of the Craigieburn bypass project is beyond me.

Here is part of the M1 upgrade project in Melbourne
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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #490
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Yeah I know, I drove thru there the other day. Interchange aside, that section of road is absolutely horrible, beyond belief for what is supposed to be a major interstate highway. Even the line markings are faded or patched over.

Hopefully the road will be upgraded quicksmart, but nothing's concrete yet.

The section of the Calder between the Melton Highway and the Thunderdome is equally as bad. Besides the 80kmh speed limit, no shoulders and at grade intersections with MAJOR roads, the epic bus stop fails along that "freeway" are stunning.

Besides these 2, Melbourne's got a nice network.

Good to see the Ring Road being upgraded aswell, but $2.25 billion to add a lane? That's the cost of the entire Eastlink Why is it so expensive?
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Old March 24th, 2009, 07:34 PM   #491
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Thanks for the pic of the M1 upgrade, it looks like it'll be really nice when it's completed. The Western Distributor here has a few similar weaves that could do with being eliminated, but I think we can file that one in the list of projects that will never happen, alongside the M4 east, the F6 and a motorway across Middle Harbour. I want to make a road trip to Melbourne when I have the time and my own car; it's probably better that I wait so that I can drive the upgraded M1 and the new Geelong Ring Road and Deer Park Bypass.

One thing I don't understand about Melbourne's roads is why they are planning an Outer Western Ring Road before completing the inner one. Surely it's better to extend the M80 to connect to the M3 before building a second ring?

On the subject of Melbourne's ring road, I personally would like to see the ring extended via the Mornington Peninsula freeway corridor all the way to Sorrento, and then extended via a tunnel to connect with the new Geelong Ring Road, but unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world.

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Melbourne has some nice and also some horrendous freeways. Has anyone seen the Hume highway between Craigieburn and Wallan? Good grief what a disaster. Uneven, narrow pavement with ugly, rough patched up surface and at-grade intersections galore. Definately the worst freeway in Melbourne (if not the country), why it wasnt fixed as part of the Craigieburn bypass project is beyond me.
Well, at least Victoria has 2x2 all the way from Melbourne to the NSW border. The road on our side still has some 1+1 sections, although these will be duplicated by 2012. Also, Sydney only has two of four major rural routes connected directly onto its urban freeway network; Melbourne has four - soon to be five, when the Deer Park Bypass is finished.

It seems like the price Melbourne pays for having everything connected together properly is "freeways" which aren't really freeways. Generally, rural freeways in NSW have very good pavement and properly grade separated intersections; if they don't, they aren't called freeways.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #492
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and some pics of the M1 upgrade:






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Old March 25th, 2009, 12:07 AM   #493
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The Sea Cliff Bridge (south of Sydney, near Wollongong) is quite cool.
An amazing bridge! How long is it? Why was it built? I'd imagine a tunnel would have been easier and cheaper.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 05:03 AM   #494
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Thanks for the pics, Cacodemon! One thing I really like about Melbourne is its wide urban freeways.

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An amazing bridge! How long is it? Why was it built? I'd imagine a tunnel would have been easier and cheaper.
The old road was notorious for rock falls, so they built a new one. It's 455 metres long.

More info: http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/constructi...ravedrive.html

Also, here is the preferred route of the proposed Gerringong to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade. This would provide continuous, free flowing 2x2 from the southern part of Albion Park Rail to Bomaderry - and, if they ever build the Albion Park Rail bypass, all the way to Heathcote in the north. The pink option would be a cutting; the green one would be a tunnel.



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Old March 26th, 2009, 04:23 AM   #495
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An amazing bridge! How long is it? Why was it built? I'd imagine a tunnel would have been easier and cheaper.
A tunnel through what? (awesome viaduct indeed, btw!)

Great vid again, Robosteve. If there's a slowpoke in front of you, get closer and turn on your right indicator. If that doesn't help, flash.
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And overtaking-lane hogging is considered rude here.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:51 AM   #498
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Driving video: F6 Southern Freeway, Wollongong (southbound)
Mount Ousley Road, Mount Ousley to Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail

Length: 21.1 km / 10:00 @ 1.3x (average actual speed 97 km/h, average apparent speed 127 km/h)
Date: Sunday, 8th March 2009
Time: 15:00 (approx.)

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Notes:

0:05 - Descending on Mount Ousley Road, we can see a safety ramp on the left for use when brakes fail on trucks (there are a lot of trucks which use this road).

0:15 - We are now on the F6 freeway.

0:35 - Speed camera on the left (speed limit 80 km/h).

1:05 - Merging with traffic from the Northern Distributor, a major arterial route through the northern suburbs of Wollongong.

1:10 - Speed limit 90 km/h.

1:20 - This part of the freeway serves as a bypass of Wollongong CBD.

2:10 - Speed limit 100 km/h, we are now heading into Wollongong's southern suburbs.

2:50 - Nice wide median.

4:55 - Reassurance sign for Nowra, which is strange because there are a few other major towns between here and Nowra.

7:50 - Freeway ends in 1 km.

7:55 - Unusually large shoulder on the right. I think they've paved what will eventually become the start of the Albion Park Rail bypass here.

8:20 - End freeway. You can see the carriageways diverging, marking the start of the land reserve for the Albion Park Rail bypass which would provide a freeway standard road all the way to Kiama.

8:40 - Signage for another grade separated junction, even though we are no longer technically on a freeway.

9:10 - The junction itself. This is a fairly new junction to provide access to a new residential development.

9:30 - Speed limit 70 km/h, entering Albion Park Rail.

9:40 - NR1/NR48 intersection on the right. This can operate as either a roundabout or a set of traffic lights, but we continue on a slip road which bypasses it.

9:55 - Albion Park Rail.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #499
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Thanks for the videos Robosteve. That's a lot of work you did and it's fun feeling like being on the road with you. Well done! Is that a Holden Barina that you have? Off topic, I had one here in the States (aka Chevy Aveo, but same exact car) and it was always falling apart. Hope you had better luck with yours
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Thanks for the videos Robosteve. That's a lot of work you did and it's fun feeling like being on the road with you. Well done! Is that a Holden Barina that you have? Off topic, I had one here in the States (aka Chevy Aveo, but same exact car) and it was always falling apart. Hope you had better luck with yours
It doesn't feel like a lot of work at all. I love driving.

And that's my dad's car, but yes it is a Holden Barina, and so far it seems to be holding up just fine.
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