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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:18 AM   #461
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I miss New Zealand, I need to go back. One of those places I call heaven on earth. The roads, signage, and scenery remind me of western America.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:43 AM   #462
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Waterview Connection Update SH20-SH16 Auckland

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Old July 23rd, 2015, 08:53 PM   #463
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Excellent video of the Waterview Connection project in Auckland.

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Old July 30th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #464
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Tauranga Eastern Link

New Zealand’s newest stretch of state highway – the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) - will open to traffic on Monday August 3.

The $455 million NZ Transport Agency project delivers 21 kilometres of four-lane, median divided highway between Tauranga and Paengaroa.

After four and a half years of construction the road was officially opened today by Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Following a community day onsite on Saturday August 1, it will open to traffic on August 3.
Full press release: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releas...ally-complete/
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Old July 31st, 2015, 11:33 PM   #465
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Arras Tunnel in Wellington. It is part of SH 1 and opened to traffic last September.

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Old August 2nd, 2015, 09:44 PM   #466
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Has a physical link been eyed between North Island and South Island? I reckon it would be nice to do a direct/non-stop drive between Wellington and Christchurch (without the use of ferry boat)...
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 12:35 AM   #467
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Given the waters there I think a bridge over the Cook Strait would be pretty dangerous to build, I don't know how deep it is though.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 11:27 AM   #468
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A Cook Strait bridge or tunnel is out of the question.
It would be a structure of the likes that hasn't been built anywhere in the world till now and would be way beyond the means of N.Z..
The average depth of Cook Strait is around 130 metres with the deepest points up to around 400 metres.
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Old August 4th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #469
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A Cook Strait bridge or tunnel is out of the question.
It would be a structure of the likes that hasn't been built anywhere in the world till now and would be way beyond the means of N.Z..
The average depth of Cook Strait is around 130 metres with the deepest points up to around 400 metres.
The planned Rogfast tunnel in Norway (constrcuction due to start in 2017) is comparable in terms of depth (lowest point 390m below sea level) and length (26.5kms). I guess the main challenges for building a tunnel across the Cook Strait is cost and geology.
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That's very interesting indeed, although I do think the challenges facing a Cook Strait tunnel are a bit more complicated (the depth of a bored tunnel would need to be a half km or more under sea level as well as the problem with tectonics in the region). I would imagine a Cook Strait tunnel would cost multiples of the cost of Rogfast (€1.62 billion seems very cheap for such a project btw).

Anyway, here's an illustration from the web of fantasy Cook Strait tunnels:

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Old August 4th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #471
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I guess the Seikan tunnel is somewhat similar too if you want to factor in tectonics. It's not as deep, but it is quite impressive nonetheless.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seikan_Tunnel
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That's very interesting indeed, although I do think the challenges facing a Cook Strait tunnel are a bit more complicated (the depth of a bored tunnel would need to be a half km or more under sea level as well as the problem with tectonics in the region). I would imagine a Cook Strait tunnel would cost multiples of the cost of Rogfast (€1.62 billion seems very cheap for such a project btw).

Anyway, here's an illustration from the web of fantasy Cook Strait tunnels:


The Norwegian Public Road Authority has made a nice video about the Rogfast project: http://youtu.be/CAwNFf4sopM

From what I understand the rock quality and geology is pretty good for this project.
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Amazing project. Thanks for the link.
NZ can only dream of that kind of project
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Now the ferries (both for trains and road vehicles) do Wellington-Picton: would it be possible to built harbours directly in the strait to shorten the ferry section and thus travel time? Sure the coast is montainous thus a it would be expensive, but I suppose not as much as an undersea tunnel.
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would it be possible to built harbours directly in the strait to shorten the ferry section and thus travel time?
They've done some fairly big studies on moving the southern terminal to Clifford Bay. In 2013 it was decided that this move wouldn't happen though. See: http://www.transport.govt.nz/sea/cli...ot-to-proceed/
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #476
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How many vehicles per day would travel from the North Island to the South Island via ferry?
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How many vehicles per day would travel from the North Island to the South Island via ferry?
There are 3-5 ferry sailing each way more during peak summer for tourists and max 500 vehicles so 1,000-2,500 each way per day. That 500 is cars there is rail freight and trucks carried by the ferries. Have a look around here https://www.interislander.co.nz/Our-...d-Figures.aspx for more info.
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Auckland Southern Motorway

NZ Transport Agency Awards Contract for Southern Corridor Improvements Project

The project area on State Highway 1 extends from Manukau to Papakura. The project will be opened in stages to coincide with the opening of the Waterview tunnel in early 2017. Leighton Contractors is expected to begin construction in October this year and to complete the project in 2018.

The SCI project includes:

* Southbound widening - to 4 lanes between SH20 and Hill Road and to 3 lanes between Hill Road and Papakura
* Northbound widening - to 3 lanes from Papakura to Takanini
* Takanini Interchange upgrade
* Upgrade of 16 existing bridges and construction of 6 new structures
* A new 4.5km walking and cycleway
* New LED lighting
Full press release: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releas...ments-project/
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Old August 20th, 2015, 09:12 PM   #479
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Government considers 110km/h speed limits

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss has revealed the Government is still considering increasing the speed limit on certain roads.

"There are potentially some roads - very high-class, Roads of National Significance - where that is possible," Mr Foss said today.

"We are doing a bit of work in that space at the moment, no final decisions yet.

Mr Foss's comments came after the Government last year signalled it could increase the speed limit to 110km/h.
Full report: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11500227

100 km/h sounds really low, though New Zealand doesn't have that many non-urban motorways & expressways. Norway only went up recently from 100 to 110 km/h after more rural stretches of motorway opened over the last 10 years or so.
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Government considers 110km/h speed limits

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss has revealed the Government is still considering increasing the speed limit on certain roads.

"There are potentially some roads - very high-class, Roads of National Significance - where that is possible," Mr Foss said today.

"We are doing a bit of work in that space at the moment, no final decisions yet.

Mr Foss's comments came after the Government last year signalled it could increase the speed limit to 110km/h.
Full report: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11500227
Fantastic news if this pushes through

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100 km/h sounds really low, though New Zealand doesn't have that many non-urban motorways & expressways. Norway only went up recently from 100 to 110 km/h after more rural stretches of motorway opened over the last 10 years or so.
True......and in fact, for any first world / developed country, 100 km/h max speed on your best roads = DOG SLOW

So yes, any increase (even a marginal 10 km/h increase) is a step in the right direction.

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The following places should take note and increase their 100 km/h speed limits to something higher:
-Ontario Canada
-Japan

Macau might be hard to implement since they rarely have rural roads......but maybe in the future they can increase it from the current 80 km/h.
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