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Old January 15th, 2015, 05:07 PM   #1041
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 09:39 PM   #1042
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Princes Highway, New South Wales

Construction begins on the Princes Highway $580 million Foxground and Berry Bypass

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced major works have commenced on the $580 million Princes Highway’s Foxground and Berry bypass – an upgrade that will improve road safety, reduce travelling times and create hundreds of construction jobs.

Mr Baird and Mr Gay were joined at today’s sod turn ceremony by Kiama MP Gareth Ward and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock.

“It is fantastic to be here today to officially mark the beginning of major work on this project. This stretch of the road due to open to traffic by mid-2018, weather permitting.

Mr Gay said the Foxground and Berry bypass project is an 11.6 kilometres stretch of four-lane highway between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane on the Princes Highway.
Full press release: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-release...d-berry-bypass

Project website: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/s...ass/index.html
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NorthConnex, New South Wales

Financial Close on the NorthConnex Project in NSW

Transurban, along with its partners in the Westlink M7, announces financial close on the NorthConnex project in Sydney, NSW. This represents the culmination of a process initiated and led by Transurban that began with the submission of an unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government in March 2012.

The NorthConnex project includes the following construction and capital costs:
• Nine kilometre tolled twin tunnels connecting the southern end of the M1 Pacific Highway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at the Pennant Hills Road interchange;
• Total project cost of approximately $2.9 billion, which includes a fixed price Design and Construction contract to be delivered by a Lend Lease / Bouygues Construction joint venture, together with development, planning, approvals, and financing costs;
• Combined Federal and NSW Government contribution of circa $800 million;
• Construction will commence early in 2015 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019; and
• M7 and NorthConnex to be wholly owned by the umbrella entity known as North West Roads Group. Transurban will own 50% of the North West Roads Group.
Full press release: http://news.iguana2.com/transurban/ASX/TCL/418375
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Old February 18th, 2015, 08:49 AM   #1044
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melbourne loop roads by ghee, on Flickr


Driving through fog on the Bolte Bridge by Marcus Wong from Geelong, on Flickr

Approaching the Eastlink tunnels, the Ringwood exits up ahead by Marcus Wong from Geelong, on Flickr


Entering the Mullum Mullum Tunnel on Eastlink by Marcus Wong from Geelong, on Flickr


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Old February 22nd, 2015, 01:01 PM   #1045
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Majura Parkway | Canberra | Under Construction



Photos by Marki.

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Some images of the Majura Parkway taken on 11 Feb 2015.

From the Fyshwick-Pialligo end of the project.

Construction of southern approach to Molonglo River Bridge

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047251



Morsehead Drive with the new road looming above

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047263

Culvert style underpass for Hopkins Road

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047265


Fairbairn Avenue intersection

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047271


The section between Fairbairn Ave and Tambreet Street is not open yet and there are few vantage points (apart from Mt Ainslie). The existing road looks pretty much the same.

Approaching Tambreet Street on Majura Road from the south, this is the first sign of the project.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047282

Tambreet Street roundabout on Majura Road

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047289

Tambreet Street interchange is now complete and looks impressive

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047301

Northbound on ramp from Tambreet Street

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047308

The brand new motorway northbound from Tambreet Street

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047310


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047314

Lime Kiln Road overpass, which should become the new local access road to replace Majura Road

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/117047320


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Old March 4th, 2015, 08:05 AM   #1046
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Another update on the Pacific Highway upgrade by marki.

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Not unexpectedly, but sadly, there still no sign of any progress around Coffs Harbour.

The Sapphire to Woolgoolga project, completed last year, is a little further north. The new motorway actually runs from Korora to Arrawarra.

I've stitched together a short 40 second time-lapse covering 28km between Opal Boulevard in Korora and Tasman Street, Corindi. It always seems to rain whenever I travel along this route, but this was the first time I drove the section in good daylight.

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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:19 PM   #1047
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Here's one I'm looking forward to seeing.

After decades of inaction, Adelaide is finally getting a proper north-south expressway.

The first sections (the North-South Motorway ''Superway'' and Southern Expressway duplication) have been completed.
The next section in this project is the Torens Rd to Torens River section which should be a very interesting section of road infrastructure once completed.








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The Australian and South Australian Governments have committed $896 million to construct the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project. Each government will contribute $448 million towards the project.

The project will create an estimated 480 jobs per year during its construction phase.

It is expected that the major works contract will be awarded in the second quarter of 2015 with the project due for completion by the end of 2018.

The concept design includes:

A 2.5 kilometre non-stop section of roadway (incorporating the lowered road section) between Hawker Street and Ashwin Parade
A 1.4 kilometre section of lowered non-stop motorway from Cedar Avenue to Gawler Avenue
Parallel surface (at-grade) roads along the length of the lowered motorway to connect most local roads and arterial roads to South Road
An overpass of the Outer Harbor rail line
Intersection upgrades at Torrens Road, Hawker Street, Hurtle Street, Port Road, Grange Road/Manton Street and Ashwin Parade/West Thebarton Road
Improved cycling and pedestrian facilities
Landscaping and noise barriers (where required).
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http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/...2014-10-02.pdf

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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #1048
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They would need some serious right-of-way acquirement to make that happen. Half of South Road is a four-lane undivided highway today.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 03:04 PM   #1049
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That's true indeed.
Much of the route was actually gazetted for a freeway from 1968 untill around 1983.
Public opposition to urban freeway development and political posturing killed it.

The route being built now is a little different from the original 1968 plan with the current route following South Road for it's entire length.

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http://dpti.sa.gov.au/traffic_volumes#metro

Traffic volumes in Australian cities are quite high due to the lack of freeways. Adelaide has a particular lack of urban freeways.

Note that many 'streets' through residential areas carry 30,000 - 60,000 vehicles per day. South Road maxes out at 76,500 vehicles per day at the Southern Expressway terminus.
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There's some pretty busy main roads in Adelaide but despite the absence of an urban freeway network the general road network is pretty good. Lots of 4 and 6 lane main roads in Adelaide.
This North-South Motorway will be an excellent addition to what is already a pretty good road network however there will still be a glaring gap in the network from the M1 (Crafters) to South Rd.
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I was looking into the Bruce Highway upgrade near Gympie. It struck me how expensive this is, a 8.4 km section of motorway near Gympie will cost $ 624 million. That's nearly $ 75 million per kilometre through rural terrain. Now I understand it needs quite some flood mitigation, but it's a lot of money.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/N...fton-Road.aspx

Another section nearby from Cooroy to Federal cost $ 590 million for 13.5 km of motorway. That's $ 44 million per kilometre. That area seems to be more hilly, but perhaps they could twin most of the existing Bruce Highway.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/N...o-Federal.aspx
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The other end of South Road is also undergoing a $620 million upgrade.







http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/darlington
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A new plan for Melbourne, a second Yarra River crossing and a wider West Gate Freeway.

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I'm sure any Victorians can confirm, but this looks like an alternative to the proposed East-West Link which the newly elected state government abolished late last year.

EDIT: Probably not.
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Highway leading into Canberra.

Highways into Canberra by Alex E. Proimos, on Flickr

Monaro Highway (From Canberra to Cooma)

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I'm sure any Victorians can confirm, but this looks like an alternative to the proposed East-West Link which the newly elected state government abolished late last year.

EDIT: Probably not.

yes, this is meant to be an alternative to the East-West link (Western section at least) and I think is likely to go ahead. Premier Andrews needs action for a major infrastructure project. He mothballed East West just as we were ready to start building it. His preferred project the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel is only entering planning phase which will take three years with construction to start in 2018. The Western Distributor could start construction within a year and be completed by 2020. By the time the Western Distributor is finished construction of the rail tunnel would have well and truly ramped up. At the moment Victorians are a little too impatient. One of the reasons for the EW debacle was that the previous conservative government was seen as to slow to progress major infrastructure works when they obtained power four years ago. Napthine was playing catch up during 2013-4 when the EW was in planning phase.

This particular project is a market led proposal from toll road operator Transurban (who look after Citylink) and is designed to suit their long term interests and this state government.

A market led proposal potentially means that the project can go ahead without a mandate from the public as long as it can be shown to be of some benefit to the state. Labor pledged a $500m elevated road along the same corridor mainly for the use of trucks; but they did not take the Transurban proposal to the people.

This project sees Transurban pay around $5-5.5billion to built the project and they are asking Tony Abbott’ government to chip in $1.5bn (reallocated from the mothballed EW Project) – so Transurban would really pay only $3.5-4bn. There is no cost to the Victorian State Government. In return, motorists would pay $3 to use the new Western Distributor; trucks would be slugged up to $13 to use either the new road AND the existing toll free Westgate Bridge; and the state would allow Transurban to keep operating the Citylink for a further 10 to 15 years after its current contracted expiry date (which from memory I think is around 2034).

The benefit to the state can be shown as $5bn road project built for no cost to the Victorian taxpayer.

An economic evaluation report prepared for Transurban by Deloittes found a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 1.6; or 2.1 when wider economic benefits are taken into account. In contrast, the EW Project had BCR=0.45; or BCR=0.84 when wider economic benefits are taken into account, including improvements to public transport travel times.

The western distributor is expected to take pressure off the Westgate Bridge that currently experiences 200,000 vehicle crossings per day and inner western suburban arterial roads that handle 20,000 trucks per day (reduce by 50%). Port of Melbourne traffic is expected to nearly triple during the next 25 years.

The next stage will see Transurban work with the Victorian Government to develop a more detailed proposal, investment case and procurement plan.

Daniel Andrews is a very lucky man and Transurban have very smart business people.
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Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Program

One of the biggest features of Victoria’s Labor Government’s infrastructure agenda is to remove 50 level crossings around Melbourne. The program is expected to cost $5 billion, take eight years to complete and be paid for by selling the port of Melbourne. Traditionally Melbourne has built its freeway network whereas Sydney removed most of the suburban level crossings. So now Sydney is playing catch up with freeway network development and Melbourne is playing catch up with level crossing removals. Many of the grade separations are expected to be packaged together with other local ones, in order to gain economic efficiency. As the State Government prefers more emphasis on developing public transport for the city, the level crossing removal program is a logical first step as it allows a big increase in future services on the network without disrupting local traffic patterns; and plays very popular with Melburnians too. It is also very smart when you look at the integrated transport equation as level crossing removals is at the interface and benefit both road users and public transport users.

The 2015 State budget have identified 17 crossings to be targeted first. The first package of 9 removes every remaining level crossing on the Caulfield-Dandenong line (distance about 20km) and 3 further packages.

CAULFIELD-DANDENONG CORRIDOR
1. Centre Road CLAYTON
2. Chandler Road NOBLE PARK
3. Clayton Road CLAYTON
4. Corrigan Road NOBLE PARK
5. Grange Road CARNEGIE
6. Heatherton Road NOBLE PARK
7. Koornang Road CARNEGIE
8. Murrumbeena Road MURRUMBEENA
9. Poath Road HUGHESDALE
10. Burke Road GLEN IRIS (not in this corridor, but nearby)

BENTLEIGH AREA
11. Centre Road BENTLEIGH
12. McKinnon Road MCKINNON
13. North Road ORMOND

ST ALBANS AREA
14. Main Road East/West ST ALBANS
15. Furlong Road ST ALBANS

BLACKBURN AREA
16. Blackburn Road BLACKBURN
17. Heatherdale Road MITCHAM

CURRENTLY UNPACKAGED

18. Abbotts Road DANDENONG SOUTH
19. Aviation Road LAVERTON
20. Balcombe Road MENTONE
21. Bell Street COBURG
22. Bell Street PRESTON
23. Buckley Street ESSENDON
24. Camp Road CAMPBELLFIELD
25. Charman Road CHELTENHAM
26. Cherry Street WERRIBEE
27. Clyde Road BERWICK
28. Edithvale Road EDITHVALE
29. Eel Race Road SEAFORD
30. Ferguson Street WILLIAMSTOWN
31. Glenroy Road GLENROY
32. Grange Road ALPHINGTON
33. Hallam Road HALLAM
34. High Street RESERVOIR
35. Kororoit Creek Road WILLIAMSTOWN NORTH
36. Lower Plenty Road ROSANNA
37. Manchester Road MOOROOLBARK
38. Maroondah Highway LILYDALE
39. Melton Highway SYDENHAM
40. Moreland Road BRUNSWICK
41. Mountain Highway BAYSWATER
42. Scoresby Road BAYSWATER
43. Seaford Road SEAFORD
44. Skye/Overton Road FRANKSTON
45. South Gippsland Highway DANDENONG
46. Station Street BONBEACH
47. Station Street CARRUM
48. Thompsons Road LYNDHURST
49. Toorak Road KOOYONG
50. Werribee Street WERRIBEE
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For those unfamiliar with Melbourne's metropolitan roads, the Caulfield-Dandenong corridor is south east of the city, all orange dots - Grange Road (Caulfield end) to Chandler Road (near Dandenong).

Burke Road, Glen Iris - green dot

Bentleigh (Grange Road go south) - North Road (green dot), McKinnon and Centre Roads (orange dot)

St Albans (north west of city) - Main Road (green dot) and Furlong Road (orange dot)

Blackburn area (east of city) - Blackburn Road (green dot) and Heatherdale Rd (orange dot)


The difference between the green and orange dots are that the green dots were level crossings identified for removal by the previous conservative state government; planning is largely complete and projects were out to market. The orange dots were not identified by the previous government so planning for these removals commences now.
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