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Old August 22nd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #881
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Here's a 40 year old plan for Sydney of what was supposed to be built by 2000



MATS plan Adelaide 1968

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 03:41 PM   #882
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SATS (the Sydney plan posted above) was never taken seriously or endorsed by Govt.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 03:45 PM   #883
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OTHER ROAD PROJECTS AROUND AUSTRALIA, ON THE DRAWING BOARD



Swan Valley Bypass, Western Australia

Info: https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/Buil...rthDarwin.aspx

The Swan Valley Bypass will be a 40km highway and new northern entrance into Perth. The proposed route starts at the intersection of Reid (State Route 3) and Tonkin (State Route 4) Highways near the suburb of Beechboro and runs directly north-east around the back of Ellenbrook and then directly north, parallel to the Great Northern Highway (National route 95) to Muchea where it intersects both the Great Northern Hwy and the Brand Highway (National route 1).

The bypass will form part of the Perth-Darwin National Highway. At Muchea, the roads to Darwin divide (Brand Hwy via the coast and Great Northern Hwy inland) and don’t meet up until near Port Headland, some 1600 km north of Perth. Within the state, it will better connect the state capital with the mining and tourism regions of the Pilbara, the Kimberly and Murchison.

The route itself is expected to be part dual carriageway and part two way road.



Toowoomba Bypass, Queensland


Info, Map and videos available: http://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/proje...ng/index.shtml


From Western Australia to Queensland, the regional city of Toowoomba is located about 125km west of Brisbane. Moving away from Brisbane, Toowoomba is where national highway to Melbourne (Gore / Newell Hwys via inland NSW) splits from the national highway to Darwin (Warrego Hwy via Dalby and Mt Isa).

The bypass, also known as the Second Range Crossing, is a new 41km bypass north and west around the town (pop. 130,000 people), and is valued at about $1.6bn. Since two long distance highways converge at Toowoomba, local roads in town currently handle a lot of heavy vehicle traffic; that slows local traffic, which in turn slows the efficient movement of freight between Brisbane and other parts of the country. As Toowoomba is located at the crest of the Great Dividing Range (altitude about 700 metres), local highways must negotiate with the mountains: a steep grade, tight curves, around mountains, attracts heavy rainfall in the summer. Much of the rain that caused the 2011 Brisbane floods fell near Toowoomba. The crossing’s traffic count is expected to be 23,000 vehicles per day, including 3,000 heavy vehicles per day. Local traffic data from last year indicates the existing highway often experiences delays and partial road closures due to at least one accident and 2.5 vehicle breakdowns per week.

The Second Range Crossing is expected to be tolled, although tolling arrangements are yet to be worked out. The road will be part dual carriageway, middle part 3 lane road, and outer part 2 way road; and in its current form is expected to be able to handle traffic until 2042 without an upgrade, based on forecasts. Expected time savings by 2017, compared to the existing roads, is up to 9 minutes for cars and 44 minutes for the heaviest trucks over the full length of the range crossing.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 06:04 PM   #884
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East West Link, Melbourne

There is a planned tunnel in Melbourne that will link the CityLink and Eastern Freeway. This is a missing link in the Melbourne motorway and freeway network.

I've read it's somewhat controversial, it's located in the only electoral division in Australia where the Greens are the largest party.

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Old September 10th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #885
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Legacy Way, Brisbane

Another tunneling project is the construction of Legacy Way, a 4.6 kilometre underground motorway from the Centenary Motorway (M5) to the Inner City Bypass. This will allow a quick transit from the western suburbs to the city center, the airport and the northern suburbs (Brisbane doesn't have a western or northern bypass). It will be completed late 2014.

http://transcityjv.com.au/

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Old September 18th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #886
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[QUOTE=ChrisZwolle;106958602]There is a planned tunnel in Melbourne that will link the CityLink and Eastern Freeway. This is a missing link in the Melbourne motorway and freeway network.

I've read it's somewhat controversial, it's located in the only electoral division in Australia where the Greens are the largest party.


Yep this is controversial. The federal electoral division of Melbourne is the only in Australia that is currently returning a Greens member in the lower house. Some states are returning a Greens senator due to a different electoral voting sytem.

At the recent federal election held September 7, the voters of Melbourne returned the Greens member, Adam Bandt, despite blanket conservative preferences flowing to the Labor candidate. Melbourne is a contest between two left wing parties - Labor and the Greens, not Labor and Liberals; this is becoming increasingly common in Australian cbd and inner city seats.

This project is being pushed by the conservatives and is opposed by the Labor Party. Labor oppose it, in part, because they fear losing such a seat as Melbourne, to the Greens. While the Greens hold it federally, Labor holds at state level currently.

The Citylink project, the section between Westgate and Monash Fwys, was controversial in the 1990s; since it also dug under a park, the river, inner suburbs, and provided disruption to nearby residents.


On a side note, though the Senate vote count have not yet complete, there has been talk of the rise of micro-parties - small parties running for the Senate for the fun of it. Combine the proliferation of such small special interest parties, a 1 metre wide Senate ballot paper, a tangled web of preference deals, and the publics increasing disengagement with the political process; and each state may be returning a member of a micro party to the Senate. In Victoria it is the Australian Motoring Enthusists Party (AMEP), a party that we never heard of three weeks ago, may help hold the balance of power in the Senate. I'm not sure if the lead candidate of AMEP really wants to be in the Senate...

On 7 September Australia convincingly voted for a new centre right government, but the Senate is still up in the air at the moment..so are a few lower seats too.
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Old September 19th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #887
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WestConnex, Sydney

The largest infrastructure project in Australia, the WestConnex project in Sydney, has been given the green light by new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, at his first full day as a PM. The $ 11.5 billion project will extend M4 (Western Motorway) east and widen it to 2x4 lanes at its current alignment, and with a 2x3 lane tunnel that will connect to the M5 South Western Motorway. The M5 will also be duplicated to 8 lanes from the airport to Beverly Hills. Most of the planned project is underground in six-lane tunnels. It will not serve traffic to the CBD at this time.

Construction is planned to start in early 2015. The first works will be to widen the M4 to 2x4 lanes, and construct the first part of M4 East as an underground facility. Phase 2 will widen M5 and construct the Airport Link, beginning in 2016. Construction should start on the central 8.5 km motorway tunnel that links both routes in 2018.

Funding is provided by the NSW government and the federal government, but the bulk of the funding will come from tolling.

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Old September 22nd, 2013, 03:55 AM   #888
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Drive : Sydney - Melbourne - Sydney



Route: Cumberland Highway - Hume Highway/Freeway - Tullamarine Freeway- Cross City - Monash Freeway

Distance: 911 km,12 hrs drive
Speed-limit : 60-110kms

Hume Highway/Freeway to Melbourne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dSuT0uKgtc



Hume Highway/Freeway Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BExbAqAhJZ0



Hume Highway/Freeway Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAoJFyMQSiY

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Old September 22nd, 2013, 09:19 AM   #889
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The tunnel in Melbourne is incredibly controversial. There isn't much demand for it, in fact the state government is refusing to release the cost benefit analysis for the project. They're a conservative party though, and would much rather spend on roads rather than PT. The project is almost in direct competition with the Melbourne Metro tunnel, and this road tunnel is the 'trophy project' of the Govt.

It's not so much a missing link - finishing the ring road is needed more.

I think there's probably a 50/50 chance of it getting built. The public wants the new train tunnel, and there's an election coming up next year. The tunnel passes through some historic, and VERY left wing areas.

Anyway, here's a nice little video for you ChrisZwolle.

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Old September 22nd, 2013, 11:26 AM   #890
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There isn't much demand for it,
Alexandra Parade carries 70,000 vehicles per day. That's a volume where you seriously need to consider widening a motorway from 4 to 6 lanes. Not to mention a surface street with traffic lights. Extremely high volume surface streets are typical for Australian cities though. Sydney and Adelaide have them too. Streets with such volumes are much rarer in the U.S. and Europe.

The tag "very controversial" can be applied to virtually all spatial projects. All you need is a very vocal opposition, which probably isn't very hard to find in that area

Frankly, this project seems like the ideal - albeit expensive - solution for both the neighborhoods and traffic. It would take a huge chunk of traffic off the roads.
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Old September 22nd, 2013, 11:56 AM   #891
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But it's not 70,000 through traffic Chris. By the time the route reaches McArthur and Elliott Ave the volume has dipped to a fraction of Alexandra Ave's volume. Most of the traffic coming off the Eastern Fwy turns off onto various other routes instead of continuing though. I think that's where many have an issue with this.
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Old September 22nd, 2013, 12:06 PM   #892
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True, it branches off to various routes. I didn't want to imply all 70,000 vehicles on Alexandra Parade are through traffic to the CityLink. But the tunnel will combine various east-west traffic flows, not just from Alexandra Parade and MacArthur Road (and the other road names), but also from other nearby east-west roads.

You need a decent traffic model to verify this to exact figures, but I'm sure VicRoads has sophisticated traffic models. Now the key is to let that model do its work instead of manipulating it to get a political acceptable outcome, which happens a lot unfortunately.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 05:16 AM   #893
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Drive : Melbourne - Sydney



Part 1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTJatEn9_wU




Part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHitP5Ef7lI



Part 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy-fLm4RxHg



Part 4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ztY3LAJz0



Part 5 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKZ8ewQoE7o



Part 6 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho88OL1A4QM



Part 7 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE1tJLFzV6I



Part 8 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe_vC59wwzQ



Enjoy the drive..

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Most of those vids don't work but I looked at the first and there is no traffic on it at all.
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I saw traffic
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #896
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Hunter Expressway

Hunter Expressway on road to completion

The Hunter Expressway is nearing completion and remains on reschedule and on budget.

The $1.7 billion project has been under construction since 2010 and is expected to be open to traffic before Christmas.
whole story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-2...nished/4979752
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They were still swtting up the steel reinforcing thingys before pouring the concrete pavement tiday
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Driving : M4 Motorway - Great Western Highway

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Stuart Highway, Northern Territory

http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?...e&id=11565&d=5

A trial with a blank speed limit will be held on a 200 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway between Barrow Creek and Alice Springs.

Northern Territory had no speed limits prior to 2006, but capped speeds at 130 km/h since. This segment of the Stuart Highway had no speed-related fatalities between 2001 and 2011.

The AADT on this stretch is 480 vehicles per day (2010 data).
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M80 Melbourne Ring Road

Second stage of Melbourne’s M80 Ring Road now complete

The $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade today reached another major milestone with the opening of all traffic lanes between the Western Highway in Sunshine West and Sunshine Avenue in St Albans last night.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the newly-widened freeway, featuring four lanes in each direction and five between Western Highway and Tilburn Road, would help improve traffic flow and deliver safer, smoother driving conditions for more than 142,000 motorists each day.
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/...owComplete.htm


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