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Old September 1st, 2010, 04:18 AM   #261
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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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Old September 1st, 2010, 12:32 PM   #262
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 12:17 AM   #263
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Waterview motorway on fast track
5:30 AM Thursday Sep 2, 2010

Environment Minister Nick Smith will announce tomorrow that he is putting Auckland's $1.4 billion Waterview motorway project on a fast track for resource consent hearings. He is expected to announce a board of inquiry, headed by a judge, to hold public hearings early next year on conditions to be attached to the Transport Agency's construction of the final link in the western ring route. The agency, which wants to start a five-year building programme next September for the 4.5km partly tunnelled link between the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways, lodged applications on August 20 with the new Environmental Protection Authority.

Although the authority had 20 working days to recommend whether the applications met a "national significance" test, Dr Smith told Auckland Mayor John Banks yesterday that he intended making a major announcement about Waterview tomorrow. He said dealing with the project's fill was a "real issue", referring to a proposal to use up to 600,000cu m of rock and earth from its 2.5km of twin tunnels for an 11ha land reclamation along the Onehunga waterfront.

The Onehunga beaches were lost when the original Mangere Bridge motorway was built in the 1970s. His comments came at a ceremony to mark Auckland City's deal to add $10 million to the Transport Agency's $18 million for the Onehunga project. Once a board of inquiry for Waterview is set up it will publicly notify the agency's applications and have nine months to make decisions. After notification the public have 20 working days to make submissions.

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Old September 5th, 2010, 03:01 AM   #264
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Old September 5th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #265
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Interesting, that SH20 - SH1 connection. But please, share a map of the location next time, it's almost impossible to understand the locales for foreigners

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Old September 5th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #266
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How about long distance motorways in NZ. Are there any plans to connect let say Auckland with Wellington? How many cars use this road per day?
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #267
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I've been reading into the Auckland Northern Motorway problems at the Victoria Park Viaduct.

Wikipedia has an error here, it claims there are 200,000 vehicles on the viaduct, which is wrong, there are 105,000 vehicles per day. (which means a severely congested motorway section at 2x2 lanes!)

However, they are improving things by building a tunnel for northbound traffic, with three lanes. Why didn't they took the opportunity to bring the whole motorway underground? It seems to me it would be a major improvement for Victoria Park and surroundings to have both directions underground. When the tunnel is finished, the existing structure will continue to be used, but only in one direction.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:40 PM   #268
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Yep. You're right about the incorrect information on wiki about the traffic volume on the viaduct but it is indeed a very conjested section of road (has been for a very long time already).
The decision to only build one direction was a combination of budgetory considerations (later analysis has shown that the price difference would have been minimal when taking work on the viaduct into account) and keeping their options open in relation to a possible future harbour crossing connection (or so the story goes).
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:15 AM   #269
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New Ruby Bay Bypass:

Heading east from Motueka to Nelson:

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12. End of bypass. Left turn goes to Ruby Bay and Mapua.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 04:33 AM   #270
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Old April 5th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #271
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HOBSONVILLE MOTORWAY six months ahead of schedule
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The Hobsonville motorway projects (the SH18 Hobsonville Deviation and the SH16 Brigham Creek motorway extension) are on track to be finished and open for use in September – six months ahead of schedule. Transport Minister Steven Joyce says the government's billion dollar boost to state highway funding over three years has provided a secure funding pipeline which has given contractors the confidence to continue investing in people and machinery and complete projects more quickly. The Hobsonville motorway projects are part of the Western Ring Route - a 48 kilometre alternative to SH1 running between Manukau and Albany via State Highways 20, 16 and 18.

Mr Joyce says when complete, the $220 million project will, significantly reduce congestion in North-west Auckland and improve journey times between the West and the North Shore. “The new road will also greatly improve road safety in the area by taking through traffic off the local roading network. The NZTA expects traffic on Hobsonville Road to reduce from 40,000 vehicles per day currently to 6,500 per day.” "The news that the project is on track to be complete ahead of the Rugby World Cup is an added bonus."

NZTA is currently seeking planning permission and resource consents from a Board of Inquiry to complete the largest remaining piece of the Western Ring Route – the Waterview Connection and associated improvements to the Northwestern Motorway.
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VICTORIA PARK TUNNEL PROJECT update:


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Pic of the day | AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGE

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Old April 5th, 2011, 09:33 AM   #274
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Nice update Syd
Great pick looking up the AHB
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Victoria Park Tunnel to open months early
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3:21 PM Thursday Apr 7, 2011

Auckland drivers will be able to use the Victoria Park Tunnel from November, two months earlier than planned. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said today the NZ Transport Agency's $340m project to ease motorway congestion in the central city was heading towards an early finish. "Firstly the entire project is now on track to be finished by February next year, which is a year and three months earlier than expected. "Secondly, the first two northbound lanes will be opened in November, which will move the traffic around so the rest of the project can be finished," Mr Joyce said.

Work on the 450 metre-long tunnel was progressing very well, he added. "The walls have been completed, the roof is on, and about 80 per cent of the excavation is now completed. "It will greatly ease congestion for the 160,000 plus vehicles that use this route each day," Mr Joyce said. The entire project includes the widening of State Highway 1 through St Mary's Bay and the reconfiguration of the existing Victoria Park viaduct to carry four southbound lanes of traffic. NZTA's State Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker, said the key to the tunnel's early opening was the planned closure next month of the Wellington Street on-ramp, which links the central CBD with the northbound lanes of SH1.

During the seven month-long closure, a new on-ramp will be built and construction of the southern portal of the tunnel completed. The Victoria Park Tunnel project is the first of the Government's seven roads of national significance, to start construction. It aims to support economic growth by reducing congestion, improving safety and journey times, and increasing the capacity of State Highway 1 between the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Newmarket, one of the country's busiest freight and business routes.
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Old April 9th, 2011, 10:55 AM   #277
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A few questions:

1. One day when Hobsonville Mwy is completed and the SH16, SH18 and SH20 is all linked up is there any plans to move to a single route number that covers the whole highway?

2. Any talk to move to a European or Australian style alphanumeric route number system?

3. How is the Hamilton Mwy progressing? If I am not mistaken it was part of the Key Govt's election platform in 2008 and he is up for re-election later this year?
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Old April 9th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #278
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1. I don't think so. 16 continues as a state highway much further north from Auckland after the motorway section ends in Western Auckland.
I don't know for sure, but I don't think so.

2. No

3. Under construction, as far as I know.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 10:40 AM   #279
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Waterview now approved and construction to start before Christmas. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10727981

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"This is New Zealand's largest construction project since the Harbour Bridge 60 years ago, and will create a lot of work and bring significant benefits to Auckland once completed."

MEGA-PROJECT

* Includes 4.5km of new motorway - including a 2.5km pair of tunnels - from New Windsor to Waterview, connecting State Highways 20 and 16, to complete Auckland's 48km western ring route.

* Widening more than 8km of the Northwestern Motorway from St Lukes to Te Atatu.

* Expected completion date: End of 2016, with construction due to start before Christmas.

- NZPA, Herald Online
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 10:55 AM   #280
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