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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:01 AM   #241
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[SH20 - WATERVIEW CONNECTION]

Underground Motorway Project:

The Waterview Connection project will complete the Western Ring Route around Auckland by extending SH20 to the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) at Great North Road, Waterview and widening SH16 from St Lukes to Te Atatu. Completion of the Western Ring Route (WRR) is one of seven Roads of National Significance the government has identified as critical to ensuring that users have access to significant markets and areas of employment and economic growth.


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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:07 AM   #242
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[SH1 - VIADUCT REPLACEMENT - NEWMARKET]

Replacing the old Viaduct with a completely new motorway:

At the heart of Auckland's four year Newmarket Connection Project is a staged replacement of the Newmarket Viaduct (PPT, 3.25MB), with a wider, stronger, more sustainable new structure. Enhancing motorway capacity over Newmarket is, however, only part of the story. Through an urban design-integrated approach, the Newmarket Connection project aims to improve pedestrian links around Newmarket and facilitate the opportunity to breathe life back into the viaduct’s surrounding environment.



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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:11 AM   #243
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[SH20 - MANUKAU EXTENSION]

Connecting the SH1 with Auckland International Airport via a new motorway:

The Manukau Extension project forms a 4.5 kilometre section of motorway linking SH20 Puhinui Interchange through to SH1 and will form the southern section of the Western Ring Route, together with the SH20 Manukau Harbour Crossing project. As well as a triple level interchange between SH20 and SH1 at Manukau, the project also includes new SH20 interchanges at Cavendish Drive and at Lambie Drive. Construction began in June 2006 and is approaching its completion in August 2010.

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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:14 AM   #244
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[SH1 - VICTORIA PARK TUNNEL]

Sinking the North bound lanes of the SH1 motorway below Victoria Park:

The Victoria Park Tunnel Project will reduce traffic congestion through Victoria Park Viaduct and St Marys Bay, particularly during peak hours. It completes the final link in the central Auckland motorway network unlocking the capacity of the recently completed Central Motorway Junction. The project covers the section of motorway between the Auckland Harbour Bridge, south through St Marys Bay and across the Victoria Park Viaduct, to Wellington Street. It involves the construction of a 440m cut and cover tunnel adjacent to the existing viaduct in Victoria Park to provide three northbound lanes. The viaduct will remain carrying four southbound lanes. There will also be some widening of the motorway through St Marys Bay to provide five traffic lanes each way and a shoulder bus lane. The VPT Alliance consisting of the NZTA, Fletcher Construction, Beca Infrastructure, Higgins and Parsons Brinkerhoff has been appointed to construct the project.

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Old August 21st, 2010, 03:38 AM   #245
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Hell, those are some impressive projects.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 09:08 AM   #246
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Hell, those are some impressive projects.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 10:21 AM   #247
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Now we need to start the eastern motorway, penlink and the holiday highway. At the point Auckland will have a very effective motorway network.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 11:28 AM   #248
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Brilliant annimation of the waterview connection. So the tunnel section is now back to 3-3 instead of 2-2 from the looks.

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I don't see the Eastern Motorway ever making it back onto the agenda. It's way too expensive and with the completion of the SW, Waterview and Upper Harbour mwys we can pretty much call the network complete (SH20-SH1 connection/arterial is also an important link).
Except for these motorway projects I think Auckland would be better served with upgrades of existing routes where needed + of course an expanded rail and light rail network.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 02:04 PM   #249
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Amazing how much money is being spent on this compared to other areas of the transit system. Still, very good updates, Sydney. Just wish I agreed with the construction of these projects...
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 01:55 AM   #250
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Thanks boys

I for one would like to see a proper motorway network and this is it (I hate driving through suburbs). It will basically form two ring roads in the shape of a figure 8 .... once complete they can focus more on public transport initiatives (great strides are being made here as well) ... one thing that I don't agree with is the new motorway from Puhoi heading north ... no no !
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Sydney I'll like to eventually see SH1 with 4 lanes from Whangarei to Wellington, the holiday highway is just another step closer to it.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 08:00 AM   #252
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I forgot to mention, the new Ruby Bay Bypass (on the way to Motueka, Golden Bay etc.) is almost complete. I got the chance to drive through the roadworks during the holidays. Don't know when its going to be completed though.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #253
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New motorway set to open
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NZTA MANUKAU EXTENSION: The new SH20-SH1 motorway will open in three stages, starting this weekend. On Saturday, the public is invited to inspect the southbound lanes which are due to open the next day. It's been four long years but it's here at last – the much-anticipated State Highway 1 to SH20 motorway extension at Manukau is about to open. Walkers and cyclists will get a sneak preview on Saturday when thousands are expected to take up the NZ Transport Agency's invitation to inspect the southbound lanes before they open to traffic on Sunday. Regional state highways director Tommy Parker says the agency has appreciated the support from local residents and businesses during four years of construction.

"This open day is our way of thanking them for their patience and giving them a chance to see the progress on the new motorway at their leisure." After a dawn blessing by local iwi, Manukau mayor Len Brown and Transport Minister Steven Joyce will cut the ribbon on the $220 million motorway before it's opened to pedestrians. After the open day, contractors will work overnight to open the southbound lanes at 5am on Sunday – weather permitting. The new lanes will give SH20 traffic a direct run from Puhinui to SH1 north and south, and access from the Cavendish and Lambie interchanges.

Motorists heading south to Cavendish Drive or Roscommon Rd will need to get off SH20 at the Puhinui interchange and take the new connecting road to the Cavendish interchange. Electronic signs on SH20 will advise motorists of the changes. The westbound lanes will open late next month and will allow motorists on to the new motorway from SH1, Redoubt Rd and Lambie Drive. Roscommon Rd motorists heading west will need to detour via Wiri Station Rd and Lambie Drive while contractors finish the Cavendish westbound onramp and link road to the Puhinui interchange and realign the Puhinui Stream.

Local roads will also be upgraded and the entire motorway extension should be open by December. Agency project manager Simon Paton says the 4.5km southern link in the western ring route will make a dramatic difference for local and through traffic once it's open. "Not least because we've got rid of 12 sets of traffic lights." On Saturday, the 3.5km between the Cavendish interchange and the SH1 underpass will be open for walkers from 10am to 1pm. Cyclists will be allowed on from 1pm to 2pm. The entry is at Lambie Drive and free buses will run between Davies Ave and the Cavendish interchange. Marquees at Lambie Drive and Plunket Ave will display information about the motorway and the nearby Manukau rail link.
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This new motorway/road of Auckland will have and underground sections, parts?
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This new motorway/road of Auckland will have and underground sections, parts?
No, it's all above ground. We don't currently have any large tunnel sections in Auckland.
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This new motorway/road of Auckland will have and underground sections, parts?
One of the tunnels - Victoria Park Tunnel - is under construction and the other one - SH20 Waterview Connection - is planned
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Old August 31st, 2010, 12:18 AM   #257
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The SH20 - SH1 is open.

Around 5000 people turned out to walk, cycle and even play handball on the new SH20-SH1 Manukau extension at its official opening on Saturday. Mayor Len Brown joined families in a stroll along the 4.5km motorway extension after a dawn blessing by Maori and ribbon cutting by Transport Minister Steven Joyce. The open day was a chance to inspect the $220 million project before the New Zealand Transport Agency opened the southbound lanes to traffic on Sunday morning. Regional director Wayne McDonald says the extension eliminates 12 sets of traffic signals and will enable smoother, quicker travel between the southwestern and southern motorways.

"And everyone – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – will benefit from the reduced congestion around Manukau city streets." The new motorway will also greatly improve access to and from Auckland airport for the 85,000 visitors to next year's Rugby World Cup, he says. The extension has taken four years to build but Mr Brown says the idea goes back to 1956. "It's taken a long time to deliver and our council has been very, very strident in its desire to get this piece of infrastructure to enable traffic flows to go west and then north."

The new motorway is "outstanding" and worth the wait, he says. "This will really shift transport in a major way around Auckland and the south. "It will bring a significant change for residents and help things cross-town." The project's also a "major boost" for public transport. Motorway contractor Leighton Works has also done the earthworks for the adjacent Manukau rail link and the transport agency is helping fund that and a nearby bus terminal. The rail link's nearly finished and the open day gave many walkers their first view of it.

"It's just brilliant," Mr Brown says. "Road and rail are now starting to gather some real pace in terms of delivery of transport in the region." The southbound lanes are now open but the NZTA says there's still work to be done before the entire motorway opens by Christmas. There'll be speed restrictions and some overnight closures and diversions this week to finish surfacing the highway. The west and northbound lanes will open in late September and the entire motorway will be finished in December after a section of the Puhinui Stream is diverted.

The extension is part of the western ring route that will eventually link Manukau with Albany via State Highways 20, 16 and 18.

See www.nzta.govt.nz or call 0800 SH20-2-1 (0800-742-021) for details. More photos P3.

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Old August 31st, 2010, 01:24 AM   #258
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What's the red paving on the shoulder? - It looks like it's missing a layer compared to the main treatment - do they not pave shoulders the same there?
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What's the red paving on the shoulder? - It looks like it's missing a layer compared to the main treatment - do they not pave shoulders the same there?
It is coloured tarmac that demarcates the main road from the verge - very much like the stuff they use to show cycle lanes or bus lanes on roads (which is green).
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Yep. They slap on a stickey layer of tar over the asphalt and then sprinkel and roll in the red gravel. I think theyve been doing it as long as motorways have been in Auckland. In other NZ cities they dont do this.
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