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Old January 27th, 2017, 02:30 AM   #1201
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That's macadam no? My experience with it in northern Ontario is that it lasts 4-5 years before needing to be replaced - though I imagine a lot of the damage comes from the freeze thaw cycle, which Australia doesn't deal with.

It's far, far cheaper than asphalt though since it's so simple. Layer of tar, layer of gravel, done. The traffic packs down the gravel into the tar over a few months, and you essentially have a paved road.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 11:47 AM   #1202
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As a road engineer I can tell you that this solution has no change in surviving with reasonable traffic on it. It is more or less a "painting" that looks like a road.
But it's not being built for a ''reasonable'' amount of traffic. It's being layed down for a very low traffic count.
This is a local road in a rural region with a population density of 0.7 people per square km
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Old January 27th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #1203
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In that case ok, for the 2 cars per day that will drive there is a fairly reasonable solution to keep them driving faster and dust-free.

However, this method shall not be mistaken with the construction of an actual real road, built for real traffic, like the ones we drive on everyday. I am saying this as the media would take this video and say "why can't our roads be built so easily?". There's a reason why a road needs a strong foundation plus several (quite thick) layers of asphalt.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 03:36 PM   #1204
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How well will it handle road trains?
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Old February 22nd, 2017, 11:38 PM   #1205
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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
Here in Northern Norway, distances are long. So a 10 hour drive is a breeze. But maybe that's just me.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #1206
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What's the traffic of the western link on the Nullabor flats?
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Old February 28th, 2017, 05:51 PM   #1207
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I assume you mean the Eyre Highway. It carries approximately 400 vehicles per day on much of its length between Norseman and Ceduna.
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Old March 1st, 2017, 01:07 AM   #1208
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Not the newest data for WA, but you can check https://mrapps.mainroads.wa.gov.au/TrafficMap/
=> A bit higher than what Chris mentions.

For the eastern part (SA), you can find some data here: https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/traffic_volumes
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 10:32 AM   #1209
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Here is a very nice picture of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, under construction. Thank you to Leothelion for posting in the TSRC thread, originally from the Nexus Facebook page.


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Old April 8th, 2017, 09:57 PM   #1210
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A very nice oceanic bridge.

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Old April 9th, 2017, 04:47 AM   #1211
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Sadly I cannot post links yet (not enough posts) but the Western Distributor project has been renamed to the West Gate Tunnel project. They recently released the project design on their YouTube channel 'West Gate Tunnel Project'.

Also, the first new lanes have opened on Citylink as part of the Citylink Tulla Widening Project. One new lane was added in each direction between Flemington Road and the West Gate Freeway. Video is on their YouTube channel 'Citylink Tulla Widening Project'.
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Old April 12th, 2017, 11:31 AM   #1212
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Well, do you think it´s realistic to start construction in 2017 as wikipedia states?

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Old April 14th, 2017, 05:47 AM   #1213
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I'm not sure, there are already heaps of road construction projects going on, of course taking its toll on Melbourne's traffic, but at the same time I think this project is important.
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Well, do you think it´s realistic to start construction in 2017 as wikipedia states?

Yes, early works could start. The preferred bidder has already been announced. All that needs to happen now is getting the EES approved and the contract closed before construction starts.
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Yes, early works could start. The preferred bidder has already been announced. All that needs to happen now is getting the EES approved and the contract closed before construction starts.
Here we have different stages of approval since the route is selected. It is planning permit, EIA and bulding permit, what many times extends the planning process. EEA is one document and it comprise evaluation of the site from the enviromental point of view as well as specific site details, so that construction can start immediately after approval if I understand it correctly.

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Western Australia Infrastructure Plan 2017

Recently the Federal and the new Western Australian State Government reached agreement for extra funding and reallocation of monies for a mix of road and rail projects around Perth and WA. The $2.3 billion plan follows the cancellation of the Perth Freight Link and involves $1.6 billion from the feds and $0.7 billion from the State, and helps to balance the very poor GST distribution that this state receives. The main beneficiary is the Perth Metronet Project which aims to boost urban rail around Perth, and includes possible network extensions to Yanchep in the north and Thornlie in the south east.

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The total $2.3 billion State-Federal package includes:

• $1.86 billion reallocated from the Perth Freight Link project (including $1.2 billion in federal funding);
• $211 million from savings on existing road projects; (including $166 million in federal funding)
• $226 million from the latest federal government GST top-up payment for Western Australia


The WA Infrastructure Package includes the following road projects:


PERTH NORTHERN SUBURBS

• Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road ) – Constructing Dual Carriageway (Project Costs: $70 million) (red line)
• Wanneroo Road (Ocean Reef Road) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection (Project Costs: $65 million) (blue circle)
• Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection (Project Costs: $50 million) (blue circle)
• Mitchell Freeway (Cedric Street to Vincent St) – Widening of Southbound Lanes (Project Costs: $40 million) (thin pink line)
• Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive) – Constructing Dual Carriageway (Project Costs: $31 million) (red line)





PERTH SOUTHERN SUBURBS

• Armadale Road/North Lake Road (Kwinana Freeway) – Constructing bridge and collector roads (Project Costs: $237 million) (red line)
• Leach Highway (Carrington Street to Stirling Highway) – Upgrade to High Street (Project Costs: $118 million) (red line)
• Fiona Stanley Hospital & Murdoch Activity Centre Access from Kwinana Fwy & Roe Hwy – (Project Costs: $100 million) (thin yellow box)
• Kwinana Freeway (Russell Road to Roe Highway) – Widening of Northbound Lanes (Project Costs: $49 million) (thin pink line)
• Kwinana Freeway (Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge) – Implementing Smart Freeways (Project Costs: $47 million)
• Kwinana Freeway (Manning Road) – Constructing Freeway On-Ramp (Project Costs: $35 million) (blue circle)
• Karel Avenue (Farrington Road to Berrigan Drive) – Upgrades (Project Costs: $15 million)




PERTH EASTERN SUBURBS

• Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection (Project Costs: $86 million)
• Woolworths Drive/Hale Road Intersection Upgrade (Project Costs: $600,000)
• METRONET - Denny Avenue and Davis Road (Armadale Rail Line) Level Crossing Removal (Project costs: $62 million) (green circle)



OUTSIDE PERTH

• Outback Highway Seal Priority Sections (Project Costs: $33 million)
• Bunbury Outer Ring Road – Planning Work (Project Costs: $12.5 million)



In addition, a combined $1.2 billion will be allocated towards the State Government’s METRONET project, including, subject to positive business cases $700 million from the federal government towards future METRONET projects like the Thornlie and Yanchep line extensions and a further $86 million towards other METRONET related projects.

As part of the overall package, the Australian Government will also provide $44.2 million towards regional road projects to improve regional road safety across Western Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that both governments had worked together to deliver the best possible outcome for Western Australia and will continue to do so.

“We recognise the priorities of the new WA State Government and will work with them to deliver high quality outcomes for Western Australia,” Mr Turnbull said.

“In particular, the State Government’s METRONET initiative fits in well with my Government’s Smart Cities agenda, and we will continue to work with the Premier and his team to help make it happen,” he said.
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Mordialloc Bypass, Victoria

The Victorian Budget included $300m for the Mordialloc Bypass in Melbourne’s southern bayside suburb. The project is a northwards extension of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway (M11) to meet the Dingley Bypass following the approximate red line alignment in my diagram below. For the moment, the scope of the project is an overpass of Springvale Road and at grade intersections thereafter. However, it is possible that this road can be converted to freeway at a later time. Expected construction begins mid 2019 and completion in 2021.

More info: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/plan...dialloc-bypass





Other road projects funded in the state budget include:
• $58m for Westgate Bridge maintenance
• $100m for planning, design and preconstruction work for the North East Link
• $139m for Plenty Road upgrade in the northern suburbs
• $96m for Yan Yean Road upgrade also in northern suburbs
• $700m to finish the Ring Road upgrade
• $65m for road upgrades in south west Victoria
• $10m for planning & preconstruction works for the Shepparton Bypass
• $50m for South Gippsland Hwy realignment at Koonwarra
• $41m for strengthening country road bridges
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Boost to Infrastructure – Federal Budget 2017

The Commonwealth Budget handed down last Tuesday includes a 50% boost to infrastructure spending. However, this is generally not an increase in the roads budget. The plan to increase from $50 billion to $75 billion includes:
• $5.4 billion to start construction a new airport at Badgery’s Creek in Sydney’s west. The western Sydney infrastructure plan, started in 2013 was designed to support this project. The main roads in the area are being upgraded first and it is probable that the airport rail line will be built during the twenties.
• $8.4 billion to build the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail, mainly as a freight link, to support country towns and agricultural industries, to move produce to port quicker. Most of the project involves laying new or upgrading existing tracks along flat terrain through the interior. The Inland Rail also involves engineering complexities when crossing the Great Diving Range at Toowoomba, like the Second Range Crossing. This part of the project will packaged into a Public Private Partnership.
• $10 billion for rail projects around the country including:
o $792m for Perth Metronet
o $500m for Victorian country rail upgrades
o $20m extra for the Victorian Murray Basin rail project
o $30m for business case for the Melbourne Airport rail link
o $20m for (up to 3) business cases for faster rail connections between major cities and their surrounding regional centres
o Commitments for potential new and existing rail projects such as Melbourne Metro, Sydney Metro, Brisbane Cross River Rail, Canberra Capital Metro, Forrestfield rail in Perth, Tonsley line in Adelaide, Gold Coast Light Rail
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Scone Bypass, NSW

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are building a bypass of Scone, situated on the New England Highway about 150km north west of Newcastle. The $120m, about 5km, two lane road bypasses the town to the west and includes a road over rail bridge, passes through the local golf course and intersects with St Aubins Street.

The highway south of Scone carries 8,400 vehicles per day, peaking at 14,000 in the middle of town, including some 1,200 heavy vehicles.

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New Lord Street, Ellenbrook, WA

The new WA Premier has been busy renegotiating another transport contract, this one in the Ellenbrook growth corridor, in Perth’s north east. Previous plans were for a busway but this did not seem to impress the locals. The State Government will spend an extra $57m for a new dual carriageway – New Lord Street – which runs parallel with the existing Lord Street. Lord Street currently handles 14,000 vehicles each day and serves growing suburbs such as Dayton, Brabham and Henley Brook. The main purpose of New Lord Street is to feed into Metronet project and the future Ellenbrook rail line.



News article: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/lo...0170430-gvvq4t


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