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Old May 16th, 2016, 11:26 AM   #1141
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Good news! Over 600 kilometres out of 825 between Sydney and Brisbane are now a dual carriageway.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 05:53 AM   #1142
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Great news indeed.........although personally I wouldn't want to drive from Sydney just to go to Brisbane

10+ hours drive is too damn long for me imho

So it's either plane or train or boat for me
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Old May 20th, 2016, 05:58 AM   #1143
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that's so weird

I've heard things like that frequently from people from smaller countries...
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #1144
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I'd happily drive from Sydney to Brisbane, well did just that in 2013 (ok well I started in Newcastle). I just need rest stops along the way and somewhere overnight. But I could do ten hours straight, just wouldn't get as much enjoyment from it though.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:39 PM   #1145
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900 kilometers definitely seems driveable. Flying is probably faster, but it will take a chunk out of your day if the origin and destination is not in the vicinity of a major airport. And the cost of flying is less favorable if you travel with multiple persons.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 07:06 PM   #1146
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Haha.. 900km is nothing. Doing 1,100 in 12-13 hours straight is an annual occurance for me.. I drive to Florida occasionally too which is over 2,000km. That's a two day trip though.. The 1,100 km trip is to the maritimes and that is a 1 day trip, usually 7am-7 or 8pm.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 07:48 AM   #1147
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When you say "dual carriageway" do you mean complete limited access or 4 lanes with just some interchanges?

What about Melbourne to Sydney, is that full freeway or just 4 lanes all the way?
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Old May 21st, 2016, 10:10 AM   #1148
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Sydney - Brisbane has varying levels of grade-separation. Some segments are fully grade-separated with full control of access, i.e. freeway standard. However some less traveled and older segments do have some level of at-grade access.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:03 PM   #1149
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On the NSW side, the Hume is only motorway grade from Sydney to Berrima. From there on there are some at-grade intersections. However, nearly all of these are pretty infrequently used. For example, on the Federal Highway just off the Hume near Goulburn, the median strip is several hundred metres wide and is a cow/sheep paddock. There are tunnels under the road to move the stock, but farmer Joe is not going to get a grade separated interchange
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 10:40 AM   #1150
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900 kilometers definitely seems driveable. Flying is probably faster, but it will take a chunk out of your day if the origin and destination is not in the vicinity of a major airport. And the cost of flying is less favorable if you travel with multiple persons.

I was thinking about the level of my own enjoyment from driving; not cost so much. In 2013, I flew to Newcastle, rent a car drove to Brisbane, overnight stays at Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Ballina. Few days in Brisbane then flew home.
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 09:50 PM   #1151
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I drove the Pacific Highway between Brisbane and Sydney when I visited Australia. It's probably what tourists do, as the NSW North Coast is a nice area to visit. Even if many people traveling between the two capitals will fly, lots of people are traveling to or from the area in between. The NSW North Coast attracts lots of tourist traffic. This, combined with the more regular traffic flows, means that having a fast route through this region is a good thing.

In fact, it was the inland New England Highway that had been initially designated as the primary route between the two capitals. And it was indeed well used as such until they started expanding the coastal route. The reason that they expanded the latter and not the former appears driven by the significant size of the traffic generated by the North Coast itself, as opposed to the big cities on either end.
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Chandler Highway Bridge, Melbourne

Victoria has earmarked $110 million to upgrade a short stretch of the Chandler Hwy in the north east of Melbourne. It includes a new 6 lane bridge to be built alongside the existing 124 year old, 2 lane, heritage bridge, an intersection upgrade with Heidelberg Road at the north and new traffic lights with Yarra Blvd at the south. The Government is keen on creating an urban oasis as well, and asking the community for their input for shared open space on the existing bridge, to be used by pedestrians and cyclists, and under it once the new bridge is open during 2018. The bridge links Kew and Alphington and located nearly 10km from the city centre.

Hopefully more to come in time.

Website: http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/h...-highway-plans
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Springvale Junction, Melbourne

Vicroads is currently conducting community consultation for a 6 ways intersection located in the city’s south eastern suburbs. The intersection of Princes Hwy, Springvale Rd & Centre / Police Rds is located few km’s west and south from the Monash Fwy which runs diagonal in the area. The intersection itself is slightly more like three intersections so close together that it can be counted as one big intersection. Currently it is all at-grade with a hotchpotch of traffic lights and a shopping area nearby. This project is only at consultation stage at the moment with no firm commitment by the government to fix the intersection. Hopefully a commitment is not too far off in the future.

I would like to see this intersection upgraded by building overpasses and underpasses for Princes Hwy and Springvale, while Centre / Police Rds have a large roundabout that includes on / off ramps for both Princes & Springvale.

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Old June 19th, 2016, 10:45 PM   #1154
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Gateway WA, Perth

Gateway WA project complete

The Gateway WA project is officially complete, ahead of schedule and under budget.

After finishing a major section of the project in September, the remaining work took place in the project's Southern Zone and at the Roe Highway/Berkshire Road interchange.

Construction began in 2013 to upgrade one of the state's busiest transport hubs. Safety and efficiency have improved throughout the project area, with road users experiencing reduced congestion and travel times.

Cyclists and pedestrians also benefit from the upgraded infrastructure with more than 21 kilometres of shared path and local connections installed.

The project has provided an iconic entrance to Western Australia that will be the first impression of visitors to the state for years to come.
12 April 2016: http://gatewaywa.com.au/news/latest-...ject-complete/

This project finished a year a head of schedule and under budget.
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Old June 19th, 2016, 10:48 PM   #1155
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NorthLink WA, Perth

Sod turned on non-stop northern transport route

The ground has been officially broken on the first section of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project to provide a non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea.

Tonkin Highway will become a six-lane freeway between Guildford Road and Reid Highway, with new interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover at Benara Road.

Other flyovers will be built at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road, with interchanges at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook.

Mr Nalder said Tonkin Highway carried more than 70,000 vehicles a day and the project would result in more free-flowing traffic, similar to the Gateway WA project.
15 June 2016: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.a...ort-route.aspx

This is also on the Tonkin Highway, north of Gateway WA (previous post).

NorthLink WA consists of two projects, the grade-separation of the existing Tonkin Highway, and a completely new freeway (about 35 km) north of there, from the Reid Highway at Malaga to the Great Northern Highway at Muchea.
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Old July 4th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #1156
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Pacific Highway

The Nambucca Heads - Urunga section of the Pacific Highway will open as a dual carriageway on 2 August, almost half a year ahead of schedule. It's a 22 kilometer segment of quasi motorway.

http://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/s...-wait/?cs=4135
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Old July 15th, 2016, 10:50 PM   #1157
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Roe 8, Perth, Western Australia

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has ruled favorably for the 'Roe 8' project in Perth. The project would extend the Roe Highway to Stock Road.

The Environmental Protection Authority approved the first stage of the federal-backed Perth Freight Link, known as Roe 8, but protest group Save Beeliar Wetlands successfully challenged it in court.

The State Government then appealed, which the full bench of the WA Court of Appeal unanimously allowed on Friday.


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Old July 22nd, 2016, 11:32 AM   #1158
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Well this is interesting... "Continuous Flow Intersection" for Bundall Road at Isle of Capri.
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New international traffic system touted to fix one of the Gold Coast’s worst bottlenecks

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IT’s one of the Gold Coast’s most congested intersections but there might finally be a solution for the Bundall Rd bottleneck at the Isle of Capri.

In a Queensland first, a new intersection system will be put in place for Bundall Rd, Ashmore Rd and Salerno St — which funnels more than 3500 cars through every hour in peak times — in a bid to curb traffic woes and create a better flow of vehicles.

As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads package, the continuous flow intersection system will allow right-turning traffic and through traffic to move through the intersection at the same time.

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http://www.mygc.com.au/major-gc-inte...n-set-upgrade/



Location: https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Sal...!4d153.4188483

It looks like there's a number of pretty expensive looking properties that will be demolished for this.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 03:47 PM   #1159
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The Nambucca Heads - Urunga section of the Pacific Highway will open as a dual carriageway on 2 August, almost half a year ahead of schedule. It's a 22 kilometer segment of quasi motorway.

http://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/s...-wait/?cs=4135
It opened even more ahead of schedule: yesterday

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/about/news...nd-urunga.html
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Location: https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Sal...!4d153.4188483

It looks like there's a number of pretty expensive looking properties that will be demolished for this.

There is talk of Melbourne's first continuous flow intersection too - at Swan Street / Punt Road; located about 2km from the edge of the city.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86X7XkBX7Vk


Also there a you tube on John Cleeland's design of a continuous flow intersection Of Hoddle Street & Victoria Parade a couple of kms to the north.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9froORP5iE
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