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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #561
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Here's a question for you Aussies. I was in Sydney in December 2006, and was being driven from the airport to the relatives in the Maitland/Newcastle area. What amazed me was that there wasn't a freeway link between the north and south of Sydney at the time - you went north from the airport and through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, but then you had to leave the freeway and crawl through Chatswood (quite literally - we hit heavy traffic!) and a whole lot of other suburbs to make it to the Sydney-Newcastle freeway. Any plans on putting a high-speed link in place, if you haven't done it by now?
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Old December 9th, 2009, 02:33 AM   #562
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No, unfortunately no freeway from Sydney through to the north (Newcastle etc.) yet.

You either go along the Pacific Hwy through Chatswood (or alternative rat-runs)

Or if you have an 'e-tag' and lots more money to spare take the tollway through to Beecroft then drive along Pennant Hills road, you might just save about 5 mins.

Someday in the future there might be a tunnel or freeway along Pennant Hills Rd to connect, here some planning study, details etc.:

http://www.buildingsydneymotorways.c...m2-f3-corridor
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/...635207643.html
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roa...iew/index.aspx

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Here's a question for you Aussies. I was in Sydney in December 2006, and was being driven from the airport to the relatives in the Maitland/Newcastle area. What amazed me was that there wasn't a freeway link between the north and south of Sydney at the time - you went north from the airport and through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, but then you had to leave the freeway and crawl through Chatswood (quite literally - we hit heavy traffic!) and a whole lot of other suburbs to make it to the Sydney-Newcastle freeway. Any plans on putting a high-speed link in place, if you haven't done it by now?
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Old January 4th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #563
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Warringah Freeway leading to central Sydney:
[IMG]http://i45.************/flfqs8.jpg[/IMG]
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Old January 19th, 2010, 05:27 AM   #564
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One of my favorite expressways in Australia, the Riverside Expressway in Brisbane.

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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #565
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Warringah Freeway leading to central Sydney:
[IMG]http://i45.************/flfqs8.jpg[/IMG]
I'm quite sure that this is the widest motorway in the country.

From memory, the outer lanes head onto the Harbour Bridge, whereas the middle lanes take you through the Harbour Tunnel.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:22 AM   #566
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I could count 15 lanes. Not sure if I counted merging lanes etc though.

I love wide highways.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:08 AM   #567
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I believe the widest road in Australia in terms of number of lanes and carriageways is now the West Gate Freeway just west of Montague Street. I counted 18 lanes on 10 carriageways, including merging lanes.

http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-37.82603...k&nmd=20100107
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:51 AM   #568
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^ You can't count ramps and frontage roads.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:00 AM   #569
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Agree, there are only 8 through lanes, which turn into 6 through lanes. The others are just ramps and connector lanes. Even if you count those, there are 10 lanes.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 02:27 AM   #570
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Yeh, they look nice from a distance, but try having to cross numerous lanes in heavy traffic.

I have had to cross several, including a bus lane to get from the Military Rd on ramp to the outer lane, my favourite lane, of the Harbour Bridge.

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Old February 15th, 2010, 08:27 AM   #571
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Hume Hwy

A few images below from the recently completed Hume Highway upgrade between Sturt Highway and Holbrook, NSW. Apologies for the low quality.

With the completion of a couple of short bypasses, by 2012 we should finally have a divided highway connecting Melbourne and Sydney. I recall a 1983 government promise to have this done for the 1988 Bicentenary.

Looking north, south of the Little Billabong Road intersection


Looking north towards the Tumbarumba Bridge and Kyeamba Hill


Looking north in the northern end of the Kyeamba section
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Old February 15th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #572
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The M4 Toll is going to be removed tonight.

Hip hip hoorayyy!
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Old February 15th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #573
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Here's the Brisbane's Riverside Expressway as viewed with Nearmap.

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Old February 18th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #574
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Actually, please post more pics of all the new Freeways and tunnels around Brisbane. Looking at GoogleEarth, I was astounded at the scale of works going on around Brissie...

Gateway Motorway deviation and new airport access routes.
New bridge on that freeway over the Brisbane River
Major upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway and Centenary Highway
The new tunnel that links the Pacific Motorway to Bowen Hills and what seems to be a new extension of the tunnel from Bowen Hills to Gordon Park/Kedron

Never thought I'd see the day it seemed Brisbane was building more than Melbourne on their freeway networks.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 10:48 AM   #575
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With the completion of a couple of short bypasses, by 2012 we should finally have a divided highway connecting Melbourne and Sydney.
Shame it's being called the A31 across its entire route.

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Old February 18th, 2010, 03:54 PM   #576
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Actually, please post more pics of all the new Freeways and tunnels around Brisbane. Looking at GoogleEarth, I was astounded at the scale of works going on around Brissie...

Gateway Motorway deviation and new airport access routes.
New bridge on that freeway over the Brisbane River
Major upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway and Centenary Highway
The new tunnel that links the Pacific Motorway to Bowen Hills and what seems to be a new extension of the tunnel from Bowen Hills to Gordon Park/Kedron

Never thought I'd see the day it seemed Brisbane was building more than Melbourne on their freeway networks.

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"Queensland has lead all other states in infrastructure spending since the 2005-2006 state budget with the latest 2009-2010 state budget being no exception to this. Over the past five years Queensland has invested over A$41.8 billion in infrastructure with the most recent budget commitment of A$18.2 billion. The Queensland Government is continuously upgrading hard infrastructure (transport, energy and water) while also supporting soft infrastructure development (telecommunications, innovation, research and development), the key to growing a knowledge-based economy.

The Queensland Government's A$107 billion South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan includes over 230 infrastructure developments or upgrade projects to be completed over the next two decades. Projects include:

A$83.5 billion in road, rail and public transport
A$8 billion in water
A$3.5 billion in energy networks
A$12 billion in social and community infrastructure."
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Here's some of which I do know.




Gateway Bridge Duplication

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Gateway Motorway to Brisbane Intl. Airport

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Clem 7 Tunnel (North Entrance/Exit)

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Clem 7 Tunnel (Southern Entrance/Exit)

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I definitely recommend taking a look at Brisbane using Nearmap, it's the by far the most updated satellite images of Australian cities.


(Note: I don't know much about the roads or road names in Brisbane, so if I've got something wrong please correct me)
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Old February 21st, 2010, 01:25 PM   #577
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Actually, please post more pics of all the new Freeways and tunnels around Brisbane. Looking at GoogleEarth, I was astounded at the scale of works going on around Brissie...

Gateway Motorway deviation and new airport access routes.
New bridge on that freeway over the Brisbane River
Major upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway and Centenary Highway
The new tunnel that links the Pacific Motorway to Bowen Hills and what seems to be a new extension of the tunnel from Bowen Hills to Gordon Park/Kedron

Never thought I'd see the day it seemed Brisbane was building more than Melbourne on their freeway networks.
Brisbane is really leading the nation in freeway building. They've been busy building busways everywhere too, and not namby-pamby busways, serious grade separated ones.

The three main tunnel projects in Brisbane right now are...

The Clem7 tunnel...



The airport link tunnel (which connects to the Clem7 and inner city bypass tunnels at its southern end)



and this third tunnel, soon to be constructed, the Northern Link which connects up to the inner city bypass (and then onto the Airport Link and Clem7 tunnel)



It's amazing how much money is being put into tunnels in Brisbane. They're also upgrading the Ipswich motorway at the moment too, which is a few billion dollars more worth of investment.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 11:38 AM   #578
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Really impressive. VICRoads has been outdone... never thought that would happen soon.

Even though it has taken ages for the Australian cities to catch on the proper high-speed road networks within their city-proper's, it has been a blessing in disguise. If one looks at US cities, often their CBD's are held hostage to unsightly and divisive freeways that criss-cross their urban fabric, splitting it into small, pedestrian unfriendly bits.

Australian cities, due to the late development of inner-city freeways, has meant built areas cannot be expropriated effectively and expenses to build them are high, as they're often tunneled or cut-and-covered. This however, leaves the urban fabric intact above and keeps unsightly lanes-and-lanes of traffic below ground. Although costly, the benefits to your cities' aesthetics and human-functioning are very high!

Plus, having a late development of these freeways has allowed for public transit options to be better developed and urban densification to occur. This is always a good thing for effective transport and mitigation of urban sprawl.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 09:35 AM   #579
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Old February 28th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #580
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Before and After

I like before and after comparisons. The fact that Google satellite images are so out of date compared to NearMap makes this fairly easy. Below are examples of recent interchange construction or upgrades in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Deer Park Bypass/Western Ring Road Interchange, VIC



Monash Fwy-Tom Wills Interchange, VIC



Westgate Fwy-Montague St Interchange, VIC



Tullamarine Fwy/Calder Fwy Interchange, VIC



Ipswich Mwy/Logan Mwy Interchange, QLD



Ipswich Mwy/Centenary Hwy Interchange, QLD

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