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Old May 1st, 2009, 04:33 PM   #521
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Photos in Canberra City












and few more photos coming back home (Sydney)





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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:48 PM   #522
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None of the pictures are showing for me???
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 01:29 AM   #523
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Lol , stupid PC! But the photo's were great and Canberra has a good network it looks like.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 08:03 AM   #524
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None of the pictures are showing for me???
Maybe you hiding behind the trees
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Old May 10th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #525
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Great pictures of Canberra!

I never want to see any other type of tree around Parliament house then gum trees.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #526
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Hi guys

Used to live in Oz and am wondering what the status is with the Melb-Syd and Syd-Brissy freeway/duplication projects. I can't find much info on the latest developments on the web.

My impression is that things are currently:

- Melb-Syd VIC section: Freeway complete
- Melb-Syd NSW section: Some recent duplication projects completed. A handful remain. However no plan to ever make the full route a motorway.
- Brissy-Syd QLD setion: Freeway complete.
- Brissy-Syd NSW section: Little progress between Newcastle and the border. Unclear whether this will just be duplication or a full freeway, on a new alignment.

Will there ever be an Adelaide-Melbourne freeway?
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Old May 27th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #527
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Both Melbourne-Sydney and Sydney-Brisbane duplications are still under construction. The RTA website (www.rta.nsw.gov.au) is probably the best place to go for information as NSW is where the remaining single carriageway sections are.

With respect to other city pairs becoming duplicated, I can't see it happening. Some further parts of the corridor may be duplicated, as is happening for Melbourne-Adelaide, but not the lot. If you look at http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications...BITRE_WP75.pdf you can find intercity traffic forecasts through to 2030. Given it's a 360 page document, I thought I would summarise here for you. Looking at the section with the lowest volumes between the two capitals tells the story as to why. Volumes are 2-way AADT forecasts for 2030.

Corridor Lowest Section Volume for all vehicles (heavy vehicles)

Melbourne-Sydney (Hume / Rte 31) 6248 (2170)
Sydney-Brisbane (New England / Rte 15) 2746 (557)
Sydney-Brisbane (Pacific / Rte 1) 13430 (1965)
Sydney-Adelaide 1289 (466)
Melbourne-Brisbane (Newell / Rte 39) 1696 (462)
Melbourne-Adelaide (Western / Rte 8) 3258 (1240)
Brisbane-Darwin 357 (63)
Adelaide-Perth 401 (145)
Adelaide-Darwin 444 (43)
Perth-Darwin 224 (81)


If anyone is wondering why Sydney-Brisbane has heavier traffic than Sydney-Melbourne this is due to significant local traffic on this corridor.

As you can see from these volumes, duplication Melbourne-Sydney is around road safety and nation building rather than capacity. Duplication Sydney-Brisbane is around safety, a capacity to an extent. Elsewhere, look to see more overtaking lanes and wire-rope safety barrier along with duplication only of the busiest sections.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #528
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Hi spacetweek,

Current plans for Melbourne-Adelaide is to duplicate Ballarat-Stawell section in Victoria by 2014-15.

The goal for Hume Hwy is to have all duplicated complete by 2012 bar a couple of sections which require further investigation and planning. I recently drove on the southern NSW section o fthe Hume and was quite impressed with the pace of construction works.

The goal for Pacific Hwy is to have majority duplicated by 2016. Ballina-Coffs Harbour section probably only remaining section unduplicated in 2016.

Recent budget initiative include the Hunter Exwy (on New England Hwy / Rte 15) and Cooroy-Curra duplication (Bruce Hwy north of Brisbane / Rte 1)

The Northern Exwy in Adelaide is soon to be built and will provide a northern outlet in Adelaide for Sydney-Adelaide corridor.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 11:21 AM   #529
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Nice pic of the rush hour in Perth, WA

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Old July 28th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #530
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They drive... chaotic... Typically merging as fast as possible, even before it's actually allowed. These people increase congestion.. just keep the same pace as traffic and then merge. This way, it takes a lot of time before traffic will flow again.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #531
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Yes, it is a bit messy isn't it
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 02:40 PM   #532
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The ministerial ribbon cutting scissors have had quite a work out in Victoria over the last few months.

M8 Western Freeway - Deer Park Bypass
9.3km, opened 5 April 2009
While there are still some sections lacking access control, this means no traffic signals between Melbourne and somewhere west of Ballarat


M79 Calder Freeway - Elphinstone to Harcourt North
19km, opened 20 April 2009
The opening of this section completed the duplication to Bendigo

M1 Princes Freeway - Geelong Ring Road Section 3
7.5km, opened 14 June 2009
This essentially completes the bypass of Geelong, although further work is continuing (on the imaginatively named Section 4A, 4B and ultimately 4C) to improve links at the southern end.


The back half of 2009 will see completion of constructions of more sections of the M1 Upgrade in Melbourne, including a section of fully managed freeway (ramp signals, variable speed limits, lane control, etc).


2008 was also a big year for completing road projects, with the EastLink tollway, parts of the Calder Freeway, the first sections of the Geelong Ring Road and even a section of the Goulburn Valley Highway/Freeway. Maybe also a section of the Bass Highway on the way down to the penguins at Phillip Island, I never quite keep track of all the stages of construction down that way.

2010 on the other hand looks a little quieter for openings, with most projects that will be underway somewhat earlier in their life.

For those hoping for more photos or maps, I am afraid that google maps hasn't really kept up with all the excitement and while I have driven on a number of the sections my girlfriend would be rather unimpressed if I stopped to get out a camera.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 03:05 PM   #533
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Eastlink

A few recent Eastlink pics...

Springvale Road Interchange


Ringwood Bypass Interchange


Tom Wills Interchange (Monash Fwy)


Princes Hwy Interchange

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Old August 3rd, 2009, 03:19 PM   #534
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Nice SPUI on that second pic.

Great area to live in by the way... lots of trees, quiet neighborhoods.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 06:33 PM   #535
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in the second pic, i live near the top left, near all those white buildings. nunawading is kinda crap, but the area isnt' that bad overall.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #536
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Here's a cool one of the newly completed Dear Park Bypass.

www.panoramio.com/photo/20811584

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Old August 6th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #537
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The skyline dominates that pic, its great
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Old August 21st, 2009, 12:53 PM   #538
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Some photos from an enormous new motorway tunnel being built in Brisbane, named the North South Bypass Tunnel.




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Clem Jones Tunnel and the artwork at the entrances, they are designed to help with transition lighting to allow your eyes to adjust to the tunnel.





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Another huge tunnel being built in Brisbane, which will connect to the NSBT and then carry on to the airport.





Not sure if this third tunnel has started construction or what. Someone else will have to verify it.

The interchange between the NSBT and Airport Link...




And here's a nice picture of an interchange in Perth

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And here's a link to the Freeways thread in the Australian forums...

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=483614

Blah blah blah...
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Old August 21st, 2009, 12:58 PM   #539
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Very impressive

What are the specs of this tunnel? (length, cost etc.)
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Old August 21st, 2009, 01:26 PM   #540
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Very impressive

What are the specs of this tunnel? (length, cost etc.)
According to Wiki, the NSBT is $3.2B AUD. The motorway itself is 6.8km, and the tunnel is 4.3km

The Airport Link is to cost $3.4B AUD, and I can't see it's length anywhere, though I guess it's 7 or 8km's of tunnel.

The third tunnel (the picture didn't work in my previous post) seems just as long and expensive.



From what I can gather, that third tunnel (the Northern Link) will connect up to the inner city bypass (another already built freeway tunnel) which then connects up to the NSBT and Airport Link.

One of the Queensland guys will be much better at explaining this than me

I know that Brisbane's also been doing some heavy investment in their existing motorways too, with major upgrades on one in particular (Ipswich Motorway)
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