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Old January 10th, 2016, 10:34 PM   #1101
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If you convert it to euros, it's more than € 100 million per kilometer. Such a cost is very rare in Europe and usually reserved for big urban projects or complex tunnels or large bridges, not an apparently relatively straightforward widening of 7 kilometers through mostly undeveloped land.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 03:12 AM   #1102
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If you convert it to euros, it's more than € 100 million per kilometer. Such a cost is very rare in Europe and usually reserved for big urban projects or complex tunnels or large bridges, not an apparently relatively straightforward widening of 7 kilometers through mostly undeveloped land.
Hey Chris,

This article may shed some light: http://www.afr.com/business/why-infr...20140801-j6yuu

I migrated from the Netherlands to Australia years ago and I have to admit that I have been underwhelmed with the quality of new road infrastructure projects compared to what I was used to in Europe. Taking into account the huge cost, I'm not quite convinced that we are getting value for money.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 02:35 PM   #1103
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I found a project that blows my mind in terms of cost. It's a 7 kilometer segment of the Bruce Highway from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway. It will be widened from four to six lanes. The cost? $ 1134 million. That's $ 162 million per kilometer? What constraints incur such a huge cost, considering the existing highway runs through mostly undeveloped terrain? As I understand they want to make if possible for a future extension to eight lanes (which doesn't fit in the existing median), but it still seems very expensive.

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/N...y-project.aspx

Yes it is kind of mind boggling. Infrastructure costs are out of control in Australia. Terrible shame really
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Old January 26th, 2016, 04:23 PM   #1104
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Old February 6th, 2016, 01:52 AM   #1105
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Old February 6th, 2016, 01:55 AM   #1106
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Old February 6th, 2016, 05:20 AM   #1107
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Old February 9th, 2016, 06:51 AM   #1108
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Old February 12th, 2016, 09:01 PM   #1109
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WestConnex, Sydney

Go-ahead for first WestConnex tunnel

Building the first WestConnex tunnel is set to begin within months, with planning approval received for the new underground M4 East, an important step in the crucial project.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the tick of approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment meant initial works could begin straight away on the 5.5km tunnel, with major construction expected to start in the middle of the year.
Full press release: http://www.westconnex.com.au/news/me...ex_tunnel.html

It's stage 1, M4 east on this WestConnex map:
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Old February 29th, 2016, 02:26 PM   #1110
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Go-ahead for first WestConnex tunnel

Building the first WestConnex tunnel is set to begin within months, with planning approval received for the new underground M4 East, an important step in the crucial project.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the tick of approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment meant initial works could begin straight away on the 5.5km tunnel, with major construction expected to start in the middle of the year.
Full press release: http://www.westconnex.com.au/news/me...ex_tunnel.html

It's stage 1, M4 east on this WestConnex map:
So after all (M4,M5 and M4-M5 link) is finished there will be one conitinous around 24km tunnel?!
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So after all (M4,M5 and M4-M5 link) is finished there will be one conitinous around 24km tunnel?!
Yes.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 08:39 AM   #1115
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Old March 19th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #1116
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(and in googlemaps)

Which will get a little bit messier to the West with two new lanes being added to the end of the Bolte Bridge (part of Citylink, a tollroad) as on/offramps only 1km to the West of these pictures. With Citylink getting a new lane in each direction with the widening project which began this week. http://citylinktullawidening.vic.gov.au/
[video type="youtube"]FpXKW1BT97o[/video]
(The above exit is the Montague Street interchange
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Old April 4th, 2016, 01:31 PM   #1117
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Old April 18th, 2016, 03:26 AM   #1118
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Video: Western Distributor, Melbourne

Link below to a cool video on the Western Distributor project. The project will provide an alternative to the Westgate Bridge for traffic approaching Melbourne CBD from the western suburbs. Plans includes widening the Westgate Freeway to 12 lanes, a tunnel under Yarraville and connections to the Port of Melbourne and the Citylink tollway. There are two options proposed for connecting ramps to the tunnel section.
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Old April 18th, 2016, 03:45 AM   #1119
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wow that's a highly tidal flow of traffic
could they install maybe a movable zipper there? If they could swing an extra lane or 2 even, assuming the central overpass piers won't interfere...
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wow that's a highly tidal flow of traffic
could they install maybe a movable zipper there? If they could swing an extra lane or 2 even, assuming the central overpass piers won't interfere...
It does appear rather extreme but I suspect there was a jam somewhere that day. Probably not a representative picture. It's currently being widened too: http://citylinktullawidening.vic.gov.au/
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