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Old May 15th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #981
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Australia has to pay a very high price for transportation decisions in the past, especially the decision to sell off right-of-ways to developers for a few million dollars in revenue. This happened in various cities in the country. The only option today is to construct multi-billion dollar tunnels, i.e. WestConnex, NorthConnex, Clem Jones Tunnel, Airport Link, etc. This could've been avoided if they preserved a right-of-way that was available the 1960s and 1970s.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #982
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Yes, only Melbourne and Perth did a good job preserving their corridors. Brisbane has managed very well though albiet with much tunneling involved.
Although I can understand Sydney cancelling the F3 via Gladesville, it's a shame they didnt reserve a corridor running north south from the F3 to the F6 which would have strategically been very valuable to Sydney linking with all 3 east-west motorways.
I think Adelaide has some very interesting road infrastructure in store though with the South Rd Expressway project.
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Old May 19th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #983
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http://www.photosau.com.au/CoSMaps/m...ber%201958.pdf
http://www.photosau.com.au/CoSMaps/m...uly%201971.pdf

I personally don't think that this level of obliteration would have been appropriate...
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Old May 21st, 2014, 02:43 PM   #984
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I personally don't think that this level of obliteration would have been appropriate...
Woah... I'd have to agree with you there. Thank goodness those plans didn't eventuate in their entirety. Still, I wish there was some sort of north-south motorway further west yet east of the M7 as KIWIKAAS mentioned.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 02:51 PM   #985
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Yes, I agree too. The original plans were very CBD focussed and in this case it was a blessing these didn't come to fruition in orginal form.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 02:54 PM   #986
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I think you have to see such plans in the context of their time. Back in the 1950s and 1960s most travel was to and from the CBD. Today, road traffic patterns are much more decentralized and less focused on the CBD, as opposed to public transport which is generally still focused on the CBD, and gets a high modal share on such routes.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 03:41 PM   #987
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Good point Chris, but with the completion of the F3 to Hornsby and Alford Point Bridge in the early 70's, you would think a route connecting the 2 (and at the same time all east-west links) would have been a no brainer. It would have been relatively easy to secure the route 40 years ago. Such a route would have probably meant the west connex project would not have been needed except for the M5 east duplication and maybe an M4 extension to City west link.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #988
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Old June 9th, 2014, 04:40 AM   #989
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New thread on the Ozscrapers forum, for Canberra:
Canberra Road and Infrastructure Projects

Posted some pictures of the Majura Parkway, part of a ring road around Canberra.

Images from the northern part of the project, progress as at 28 May 2014
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...78&postcount=2

The southern section of the new road, mostly around the Junction of Fairbairn Avenue and Morshead Dr
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...31&postcount=3

Heading south along Morshead Drive
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...48&postcount=4

The southern section of the road project viewed from Mount Ainslie
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...63&postcount=5

Overview of the project from the EIS.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...40&postcount=6

a few of the images here:

From Mount Ainslie


The new carriageway on the northern part of the project:


New alignment to the west of Majura Road


Site of overpass


Morshead Drive
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Old June 11th, 2014, 08:12 PM   #990
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Extension to Westconnex project in Sydney - northern connection to Anzac Bridge and a Southern extension towards Sutherland.



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Old June 15th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #991
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Newcastle Inner City Bypass

The missing link of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass is funded in the amount of $ 280 million and construction will likely begin in 2017.

For more information and a lot of political bla bla see; http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/news/mps/n...ty-bypass.html

I'm surprised by the amount of political babble in RMS press releases. A governmental agency should be impartial to politics. That's what parliament is for.

Although called an "Inner City" bypass, it is actually quite far from the Newcastle CBD, approximately 8 km.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 12:41 PM   #992
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New South Wales

Biggest roads, maritime and freight budget in NSW history: a record $5.5 billion

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest a record $5.5 billion to build and maintain critical road, maritime and freight infrastructure as part of the 2014-15 NSW Budget.

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The historic roads, maritime and freight budget – up $400 million from the previous financial year – includes:

$1.2 billion (including $393.6 million from NSW) to continue the upgrade of the Pacific Highway to a four lane, divided road between Hexham and the Queensland border (due for completion by the end of the decade) plus maintenance funding for the Pacific Highway of $44 million.
$266 million to fast-track planning, land acquisition and preconstruction for Australia’s largest urban motorway project, WestConnex (construction to commence in early 2015).

A further $132 million will be invested by the Sydney Motorway Corporation in WestConnex construction and delivery costs, including $109 million to commence widening of the M4 (total commitment of $398 million to the WestConnex project in 2014-15).

$283.7 million (includes Federal funding of $34.3 million) for the NSW Road Safety Strategy, including $240 million from the NSW Community Road Safety Fund.

$185 million to continue upgrading the Princes Highway to a four lane, divided road, including $80 million for the Foxground and Berry Bypass and $76.5 million for the Gerringong Upgrade, plus maintenance funding for the Princes Highway of $52 million.

$209 million for road upgrades to support population and economic growth in Western Sydney (includes Federal funding of $16.5 million), including completing sections of Schofields Road, Richmond Road and Camden Valley Way, and commence construction of the Old Wallgrove Road upgrade. There is also maintenance funding for roads in Western Sydney of $131 million.

$113 million to continue upgrading the Great Western Highway (includes Federal funding of $40 million), including completing the Woodford to Hazelbrook and Bullaburra to Wentworth Falls upgrades, and commencing road works at Kelso, plus maintenance funding for the Great Western Highway of $21 million.

$109 million for road upgrades to support Sydney’s second airport at Badgery’s Creek (includes Federal funding of $89 million), including commencing construction of Bringelly Road between Camden Valley Way and King Street, and planning for a new motorway between the M7 and The Northern Road.

$70 million for upgrades to Central Coast roads (includes Federal funding of $6 million), including the intersection of the Central Coast Highway with Brisbane Water Drive and Manns Road, and intersection upgrades along Wyong Road and Terrigal Drive, plus maintenance funding for Central Coast roads of $39 million.

$69 million for major road upgrades in country NSW, including constructing the second stage of the Moree Bypass, additional overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway, further safety works on the Barton Highway, replacing the Tangaratta Bridge and its approaches on the Oxley Highway, further upgrades to Gocup Road, and planning the upgrade at Bolivia Hill on the New England Highway. There is also maintenance funding for rural and regional roads of $827 million (includes maintenance funding described above for Pacific, Princes and Great Western highways and Central Coast roads).

Full press release: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/news/minis...17-budget.html


Are they really going to spend $ 1.2 billion on a single project in just one Fiscal Year? That's like $ 3.2 million per day. Usually only very large mega projects spend that kind of money per day. Even in Dallas, USA they don't spend that much per day on the LBJ Express.
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Great Northern Highway, Port Hedland, WA

Great Northern Highway realignment opens in Port Hedland

An eight-kilometre realignment of the Great Northern Highway in Port Hedland will open to the public today.

The $274 million project was designed to make heavy vehicles bypass built-up areas in town.

The highway includes new access points to Wedgefield and Utah Point, as well as a new freeway-style interchange at the Broome turn-off.
Full report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-1...n-port/5529430





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Old June 18th, 2014, 06:28 AM   #994
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Although called an "Inner City" bypass, it is actually quite far from the Newcastle CBD, approximately 8 km.
I think the name is to distinguish it from the "outer" bypass on the rural fringes of Newcastle, which is the Pacific Motorway (M1). The word city in this context is more about the urban area, rather than the inner city / suburbs itself (like Wickham). However, it is a bypass of the CBD though, between Windale in the southern suburbs and Sandgate in the north western suburbs.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #995
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[INDENT]Great Northern Highway realignment opens in Port Hedland
Driving to Port Hedland, crossing just truck trains on the way filled up with iron ore, is a scary experience. Those things would basically wipe out anything they crashed into.
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Foxground and Berry Bypass | Princes Highway

The Foxground and Berry bypass will provide a four-lane divided highway (two lanes in each direction) with median separation for 11.6 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane. The upgrade will include a bypass of the existing winding highway at Foxground and a bypass of Berry with access ramps at the north and south of the town.

On 10 June 2014 Roads and Maritime Services awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Foxground and Berry bypass to Fulton Hogan.

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojec..._berry_bypass/

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Old June 23rd, 2014, 11:50 AM   #997
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Gateway WA

Some nice aerials taken recently of the Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight access project:
http://aerialphotographywa.com/2014/05/

Project info:
http://gatewaywa.com.au/

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Jacob's Ladder | Tasmania

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Old July 2nd, 2014, 11:25 PM   #999
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Pacific Highway Upgrade

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Aerial view of highway shows an impressive engineering feat

Twenty-five kilometres of uninterrupted dual carriageway is due to open in coming weeks.

Set to be completed on time, the Leighton Fulton Hogan project, jointly funded by the State and Federal governments stands as the newest highway section in New South Wales.

Originally projected to cost $700 million, the project will be completed with a price tag of $850 million.

Started in August 2010 almost four years on and the road has been built by 215 workers and 105 pieces of machinery.




Gaudrons Rd interchange

http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au...ginee/2298452/
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Jacob's Ladder | Tasmania

Where in Tasmania is that? Looks like a fun road to drive/ride/cycle.
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