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Old May 2nd, 2016, 02:04 PM   #501
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The following day was New Plymouth to Wellington via the Surf Highway (State Hwy 45) in the Taranaki Peninsula. I really hoped to see Mount Taranaki but unfortunately wrong day the top 60% of the mountain was covered in cloud.


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Pictures of State Hwy 1 in and near Wellington, Johnsonville and Porirua. The city motorway comes across very quiet for 10am weekday morning.


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Wow no traffic = amazing

Should be fun to drive there
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This section of motorway (Johnsonville - Porirua Mwy) is the oldest in NZ. Opened in 1950.
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The Waterview Connection in Auckland.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 07:39 AM   #507
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Roads of New Zealand

Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch



Montreal Street, Christchurch



Cranmer Square, Christchurch



Calabar Road, Wellington



Cobham Drive, Wellington



Vivian Street, Wellington



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Tophouse Road, North Canterbury

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Old June 20th, 2016, 08:43 PM   #508
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A Draft Alignment Plan for the Northern Motorway and Upper Harbour Motorway in Auckland has been approved.

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Old July 12th, 2016, 07:10 AM   #509
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Extending the busway is a bonza idea and should have been done years ago, also they will need to increase the parking at the Albany Station, I belive its a limiting factor for ridership right now. Adding a couple of decks above the existing ground parking wouldn't be expensive.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 08:55 PM   #510
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$435 million investment in Christchurch’s transport network

The NZ Transport Agency today announced a $435 million investment by the government in Christchurch’s transport network with the awarding of contracts to build the new Christchurch Northern Corridor and stage two of the Christchurch Southern Motorway.

Contracts have been let to build the new $240 million section of motorway to the north of Christchurch to help ease congestion and for the $195 million second stage of the Southern Motorway that will improve travel times and reduce serious crashes.

The Southern Motorway stage two will four-lane State highway 1, just north of Rolleston to near Robinsons Road. From here, the new section of motorway will be built to the east of SH1 across Greenfields to connect with stage one at Halswell Junction Road. This second stage begins in October and will take three and a half years to complete.

The new Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast, between the Waimakairiri River and Cranford Street, providing relief for North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch.
Full press release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-relea...sport-network/

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Auckland Northwestern motorway

$85m St Lukes Interchange project complete

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have officially opened the new St Lukes to Great North Road Interchange, another step to improve congestion on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway.

The section of State Highway 16 has been widened from three lanes to four in each direction, with upgrades to on and off ramps and the St Lukes Road overbridge.

The upgrade creates greater capacity on the city side of the Waterview Connection for traffic on State Highway 16 as well as for the traffic that will be using the motorway via the Waterview Tunnel when it opens next year.
Full press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/...oject-complete

This June 2016 imagery in Google Earth shows the last stages of construction:


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Old October 14th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #512
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Waikato Expressway

Works begins on the final section of the Waikato Expressway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today turned the sod on the seventh and final section of the Government’s $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway.

The $115 million Longswamp Section involves widening and upgrading State Highway 1 between Hampton Downs and the Rangiriri Interchange to four lanes, with improved local road connections and a new local road overbridge.

“This marks a major milestone for the Waikato Expressway with all the remaining sections now under construction,” Mr Bridges says.

The Longswamp Section is expected to be complete in late 2018.
Full press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/...ato-expressway
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Old October 19th, 2016, 01:50 PM   #513
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Here's a bunch of my photos of the roads of New Zealand taken in recent months.

Christchurch, New Zealand


Spring in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Spring in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


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A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Spring in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Spring in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Port Hills by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Winter in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Winter in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Port Hills by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Winter in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Winter in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


A Sunny Spring Day by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


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Spring in the City by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


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The City at Night by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


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Harewood Road by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Harewood Road by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Christchurch Airport by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Christchurch Airport by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Russley Road by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr


Russley Road by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr

Cook Strait, New Zealand

InterIslander ferry crossing between the South Island and North Island


Sailing on the Interislander by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr

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Waikato, New Zealand


Stormy Weather by Ethan Josiah, on Flickr
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Update Waterview & St Lukes interchanges (SH16) Auckland

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Puhoi - Warkworth Motorway

PPP contract awarded for Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway project

Construction will begin later this year on the new Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway following today’s announcement by the NZ Transport Agency that a contract has been signed for the project to be delivered as New Zealand’s second Public Private Partnership (PPP) for a state highway, after the Transmission Gully motorway project in Wellington.

NZ Transport Agency Chief Executive Fergus Gammie said the signing of the PPP contract between the Transport Agency and the Northern Express Group for the 18.5km motorway marks a major milestone for Auckland and Northland.

Under the PPP contract, the Northern Express Group will finance, design, construct, manage and maintain the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway for the 25 years that will follow the expected five year period to build the motorway. Full ownership of the highway will remain with the public sector. It is aimed to have the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway open for traffic by 2022.

The Northern Express Group is made up of firms with considerable experience in the design, construction, finance, maintenance and management of key infrastructure projects. The equity partners in the consortium are:

Accident Compensation Corporation
Public Infrastructure Partners II LP (managed by Morrison & Co PIP Ltd)
Acciona Concesiones S.L.
Fletcher Building Ltd

Mr Gammie said the ‘net present’ contract price for delivering the Pūhoi and Warkworth motorway through a PPP is $709.5 million.
Full press release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-relea...orway-project/

Another big project is getting started!
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A new approach to safer speeds

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says a new Speed Management Guide released today will modernise New Zealand’s approach to managing speed and enable a limit of 110km/h on some roads.

“To be eligible for a 110 km/h limit, a road will have to meet very strict conditions, including having a median barrier, at least two lanes in each direction and no direct access to neighbouring properties.

The Speed Management Guide will replace the speed setting guidance in the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003. Consultation on the changes will begin in early 2017.
Full press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/...h-safer-speeds

This makes sense. Until recently, there were hardly no expressways / motorways outside Auckland and some other urban areas. But with the Waikato Expressway rapidly coming together, longer stretches of rural expressways are completed, and a higher speed limit on that road is appropriate.

I'm guessing the 110 km/h limit will be applied to a very small amount of roads in New Zealand, chiefly exurban and rural expressways, such as the Waikato Expressway and perhaps the Northern Motorway.
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A new approach to safer speeds

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says a new Speed Management Guide released today will modernise New Zealand’s approach to managing speed and enable a limit of 110km/h on some roads.

“To be eligible for a 110 km/h limit, a road will have to meet very strict conditions, including having a median barrier, at least two lanes in each direction and no direct access to neighbouring properties.

The Speed Management Guide will replace the speed setting guidance in the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003. Consultation on the changes will begin in early 2017.
Full press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/...h-safer-speeds

This makes sense. Until recently, there were hardly no expressways / motorways outside Auckland and some other urban areas. But with the Waikato Expressway rapidly coming together, longer stretches of rural expressways are completed, and a higher speed limit on that road is appropriate.

I'm guessing the 110 km/h limit will be applied to a very small amount of roads in New Zealand, chiefly exurban and rural expressways, such as the Waikato Expressway and perhaps the Northern Motorway.
Oh ok so from 100 km/h, it will be upgraded to 110 km/h?
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State Highway 1 near Kaikoura. This is a major landslide that may take weeks or even months to resolve. And this is the only proper north-south road in the region, there is another back road, but it is riddled with single lane bridges (and they could also be damaged).

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The current status of the main roads on the east coast of the South Island.

It has been noted that SH 1 will likely be closed for several months.

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