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Old February 28th, 2010, 09:53 AM   #581
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Excellent posts. NearMap really is a blessing, especially with its monthly updates and super-clear images.

Anyway, here's some photos from the open day at the Clem7 Tunnel is Brisbane, taken by the fantastic Ozscrapers forumer Aussie Bhoy. The tunnel is to open soon, and today Brisbanites were allowed to walk through it.

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The Clem 7 had it's open to the public day today. I started off at Shafston Av, walked to Bowen Hills, and then back through the full tunnel length to Buranda. Damn long tunnel, I can safely say from experience (longest road tunnel in Australia?).

Huge stuff up at the Ipswich Rd end, very poor planning, a lot of people wanted to walk out at that exit, but there was a gate barrier and 2 security guards telling everyone they had to get a bus back to Bowen Hills, and the bus line was huge, at least 300 metres and growing constantly. As you could see the exit, myself and a number of people just climbed over it and out. How could they have stuffed it so badly, there were plenty of people bitching in that bus line, and I bet a few others followed us fence jumpers. All the advertising material said walk through the new tunnel, nothing about walk 95% of the way and line up for an hour to get a bus back to where you started.





















































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Old February 28th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #582
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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.
You're very correct. It's great that Australia didn't really build too many freeways through our city centres (the Kwinana Freeyway in Perth and Western Distributor in Sydney tore through though) and now we have the knowledge and tastes to stick them underground, where they belong.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #583
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I quite like this picture of Brisbane, showing the Riverside Expressway hanging onto the edge of the peninsular the CBD is located on.

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You can see the expressway on this aerial picture, on the Western edge of the City Centre.

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And here's a picture from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. You can see the Kwinana Freeway passing by the city's CBD where it interchanges with the Northbridge Tunnel and continues on towards the Northern suburbs. This freeway was one of the few in the country to have been built through an old part of the city with many buildings lost to the wreckers' ball. There's plans to cover the freeway in order to reconnect the CBD to West Perth.

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Old February 28th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #584
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Anyway, here's some photos from the open day at the Clem7 Tunnel is Brisbane, taken by the fantastic Ozscrapers forumer Aussie Bhoy. The tunnel is to open soon, and today Brisbanites were allowed to walk through it.
I love the cool designs at the tunnel portals - like driving into the alien mother ship.
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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #585
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Steel and aluminium sculptures at the tunnel entrances act as a transitional light filter. They were designed by architect, John Ilett who also designed the colourful exhaust fume stacks. The red and purple stacks were inspired by the colours of the jacaranda and poinciana trees. Included in the project's design are a series of urban enhancements such as parklands and road widening in adjacent suburbs.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 09:02 AM   #586
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Pacific Motorway at Pimpama, North




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Is that little yellow retro-golfcart-ish thing in the last pic permitted on motorways?
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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:44 AM   #588
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Is that little yellow retro-golfcart-ish thing in the last pic permitted on motorways?
If it goes 110km/h, I can't see why not.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #589
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Is that little yellow retro-golfcart-ish thing in the last pic permitted on motorways?
lol, it shouldn't be really, I haven't seen one of those cars in years. I would imagine it would do over 100k's though. The authorities aren't really that strict on the types of vehicles that can be used on our motorways, just as long as it's not a push bike
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Old May 7th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #590
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Well they are in the slow lane


Here's another one of the Pacific Motorway at Beenleigh heading toward the Gold Coast.

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And here is a video of people driving though Brisbane's new Clem7 Tunnel

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and a time lapse (not from opening night)
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[QUOTE=Dimethyltryptamine;56486161]Well they are in the slow lane

thanks for answering a question I was going to ask... where the slow lane is when you're driving on the left.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #592
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Well they are in the slow lane

thanks for answering a question I was going to ask... where the slow lane is when you're driving on the left.
Yeah, I never have precisely known whether the slow lanes are always on the right, regardless of left-hand or right-hand traffic, or always on the outer edge. I think I understand now.
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That time lapse video was pretty cool.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #594
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You're very correct. It's great that Australia didn't really build too many freeways through our city centres (the Kwinana Freeyway in Perth and Western Distributor in Sydney tore through though) and now we have the knowledge and tastes to stick them underground, where they belong.
I have to agree with that!

The planned Cairns southern freeway will all be above ground though, but I guess a tunnel isn't considered necessary for this project. It won't provide a duplicate route through the southern suburbs however, but merely be an upgrade of the existing Bruce Highway. This road is a nightmare at rush hour and there are many accidents. With the plans for a major new settlement in the Mount Peter area between Edmonton and Gordonvale, only having one highway route option into the city seems folly to me.
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Well they are in the slow lane


Here's another one of the Pacific Motorway at Beenleigh heading toward the Gold Coast.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeyc/129114389/sizes/l/



And here is a video of people driving though Brisbane's new Clem7 Tunnel

(opening night)




and a time lapse (not from opening night)
Pitty the tunnel is only two lanes each way, I know it costs a lot more, but it should be three lanes, to accomidate for future population growth.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 05:56 AM   #597
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Jesus!

Why would you drive into it? I'd start crying and drive in the other direction.

I wonder if that was the same dust storm that ate Sydney?



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Old May 25th, 2010, 05:37 AM   #599
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The $2.12 billion Gateway Upgrade is well under way with the second bridge completed just the other week.

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I think that soon all 12 lanes will be working
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