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Old July 3rd, 2014, 01:34 PM   #1001
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Where in Tasmania is that? Looks like a fun road to drive/ride/cycle.
It's on the road up to the Ben Lomond plateau in the North East of the state. Definitely a fun drive.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 02:40 PM   #1002
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Found it on maps
https://www.google.com/maps/place/41...!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 07:34 PM   #1003
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Great Western Highway, NSW

$225 million next stage of Great Western Highway to open to traffic

Final preparations are under way to open the $225 million, 3.2km upgraded section of the Great Western Highway from Woodford to Hazelbrook on Thursday 10 July.

"Highway widening between Hazelbrook and Woodford has been under way since 2010 with a centre median and dedicated turning lanes built to reduce crash risk, upgrade key intersections, and a pedestrian bridge and safer crossings installed.

"The $85 million stage from 400m west of Genevieve Road at Bullaburra to Tableland Road at Wentworth Falls will open this year and the $75 million section from Ridge Street at Lawson to 400m west of Genevieve Road at Bullaburra East will open late 2015," Mrs Sage said.

The NSW Government is continuing planning and early work for the $250 million Great Western Highway upgrade west between Katoomba and Lithgow.
Expensive project for a non-freeway. But necessary, the AADT on this stretch is near 25,000 vehicles per day.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 08:13 PM   #1004
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Well, it does have to go through the Blue Mountains so it's understandable.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 06:22 AM   #1005
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The GWH through the mountains is a mixture of at-grade and grade separated intersections, as well as limited access and direct property access. But in the main, it is a 2x2 dual carriageway, and a lot of these upgrades over the past decade or so has been either the duplication or re-alignment of 1x1 (with overtaking lanes) sections. Re-alignment has taken place where the terrain has allowed it, but there have been other constraints such as the urban area being a small ribbon enveloped by a world heritage national park. And then there is the Lawson village - the commercial centre was more or less redeveloped as the strip of shops were demolished for the duplication that occurred a few years ago.
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Old August 2nd, 2014, 03:00 AM   #1006
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BRISBANE 2014

During May, went to Brisbane for a week. Got some photos of Storey Bridge and did the bridge climb which was great fun! Was told during the tour that the Storey Bridge was one of only three public bridge climbs in the world; the other two are Sydney Harbour Bridge and Auckland Harbour Bridge.



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Also drove up and around Mt Coot-tha and got a snap of the Legacy Way western tunnel opening. (distance about 5km away)

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The Port of Brisbane Motorway (M4) is a short road from the Gateway Mwy to the Port of Brisbane. It serves mainly freight transport but also the suburbs of Wynnum and Manly.



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Old August 2nd, 2014, 03:18 AM   #1009
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Bruce Highway (M1) is the highway from Brisbane to Cairns but I only went as far as Maryborough turnoff. Continuous dual carriageway currently extends as far as Cooroy from Brisbane.







Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) – the next stage of Bruce Hwy duplication is between Cooroy and Curra. The project is split into four parts – A, B, C, D. B is finished and A is under construction. My photo is from part B, south of Gympie.


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Sunshine Motorway (Qld state route. 70) branches off the Bruce Hwy near Sippy Downs towards the coast, then north along the Sunshine Coast. It is 2x2 as far as Maroochydore, then 1x1 motorway to Noosa.





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Caloundra Road (Qld state route 6) is a semi-motorway (in parts) arterial road that branches of the Bruce Hwy near Landsborough and rejoins with the Sunshine Mwy near Maroochydore. It serves Caloundra and the southern Sunshine Coast.



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Old August 2nd, 2014, 03:43 AM   #1012
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Gateway Motorway North is the northern half of the Brisbane Bypass and will receive a major upgrade over the next few years.







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Old August 24th, 2014, 05:13 AM   #1013
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Also drove up and around Mt Coot-tha and got a snap of the Legacy Way western tunnel opening. (distance about 5km away)

Brisbane seems to be constantly building motorway tunnels. Really pretty amazing.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:28 AM   #1014
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20 year vision for Sydney's motorway network. Excluding the planned 14km Western Sydney Airport Motorway.

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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:13 PM   #1015
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I presume all new links will be tolled. That is a downside of this type of road financing, it will relieve local roads less than if it were to be an untolled link.
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I presume all new links will be tolled. That is a downside of this type of road financing, it will relieve local roads less than if it were to be an untolled link.
I'm not sure if all this would ever be built; some of it will.
The most expensive projects will be tolled, as the state budget could not afford them. NSW can continue to get assistance from the Feds for projects in the plan that also part of the national highway network; so not all projects may get the toll.

I remember a few months ago seeing something about planning the M9 Motorway from Campbelltown to Penrith, the Outer Orbital labelled in the map; however the purple line follows an alternate parallel route, so I'm a little confused.

The Casterleigh Fwy / or Bells line of Freeway - not sure if / when this would be built.
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VICTORIAN EAST WEST LINK

Meanwhile, some news out of Melbourne regarding the East west Link this week: with a state election about ten weeks away, the Victorian Labor Party have come out and said that they would scrap the project if they got in. They think they can get away with it based on their own legal advice - I don't know how good that advice is. Two inner suburban councils are taking the project's proponents to court soon over an issue of process and this court case would coincide over the signing of contracts expected in October. I think that the legal advice would state that the contracts could be deemed invalid if the court finds that the government has not followed its process in project planning and any potential new state government could walk away from this contract without payout to companies financing and building the project.

For Labor, only needing to win two seats from the government without losing any of their own; it is a big gamble on their part – they are betting that Victorians don’t want the tunnel project. It’s true that most inner northern residents are against the project they are so noisy about it. Six months ago they said they would honour the contracts if they were signed – now they have changed their tune. However, if their legal advice is faulty and they are now locking themselves and the state in to scrapping the project if they win; they will appear very reckless financially and give a poor image of the state to future investors.

For the government, this week they have begun geotechnical drilling of the western section of East-West and announced their preferred bidder of the eastern section to enter into final negotiations before contract signing. The East West Connect Consortium comprises of Lend Lease, Acciona and Bouygues.
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Recently, I did a trip up the Hume to Sydney for a week. It was my first drive on the Hume as a completed dual highway as from the middle of last year. My photos are mostly from the return trip to Melbourne.


Sydney outskirts – Canberra turn off (Federal Hwy)


Narallen Road (A9) in ten years time might become the M9 Mwy when the western Sydney roads package is complete.




Down the road around Moss Vale, the Hume Fwy from the Sydney end finished here in the 1980s with two lanes all the way into Victoria back then.

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Canberra turnoff – Adelaide turnoff (Sturt Hwy)


The highway north of Canberra is miles along plains and rolling hills, and a wind farm. A beautiful day makes a beautiful picture.


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Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai. Gundagai is worth a stop on the trip to see the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue and the town holds its place in Australian folklore. The town is worth a sleep over if you want to do Sydney-Melbourne in two days as it in a lovely country setting and almost at the half way point.

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