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Old December 1st, 2007, 03:05 AM   #81
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lol @ the boat, can you imagine how humiliating that would be?? !!!!
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Old December 1st, 2007, 08:12 AM   #82
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Great shots. Auckland and its traffic.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 09:46 AM   #83
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Two shots of part of the CMJ (central motorway junction) taken on Friday after 11:00 sometime (can't remember exactly when).





(Taken from my other thread http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...2#post16825462)
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Old December 5th, 2007, 05:24 PM   #84
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Thanks Svarty

A couple more from www.aucklandmotorways.co.nz


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Old December 5th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #85
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New Zealand's signage is much clearer than the US one, though they don't differ that much.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 08:07 PM   #86
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New Zealand has an interesting mix of American-style distance and warning signs for highways and motorways and European-like signs to indicate the speed limits, allowed direction of travel, etc. Judging by the photos, Australia is more "American" in this sense than New Zealand.

The road marking, however, resembles more European one than the US one.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 11:00 PM   #87
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The road markings have similarities to both Europe and the US with the obvoius very American ''Botts Dot'' being highly prevelent in NZ. '
NZ generally uses American style direction and distance signs and warning signs as you stated. Signs indicating parking restrictions for instance are done according to the European example.

Australian signs are also a mix. However Australia uses a alpha nummeric system of route numbering pretty much based on the UK example but signs used to show parking regulations are more American style.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #88
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Is the traffic bad in other sections of New Zealand, like Wellington and Christchurch?
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Old December 6th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #89
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Not too bad. Wellington can get pretty conjested around the Ngauranga Gorge and along the Hutt Mwy. Citybound in the morning is very busy on the Northern Motorway and the Terrace Tunnel is a bottleneck. I suppose Wellington Motorways have about 15-20km of jams on a typical morning rush hour. Outside peak times the traffic is freeflowing unlike Auckland which gets jams at all sorts of times during the day on certain sections.
Christchurch has no motorway system so the traffic is all on local roads and streets. Conjestion isnt too bad though.

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Some news from Wellington

An ambitious $250 million plan to build new tunnels beneath Mt Victoria and The Terrace is being pushed as a solution to Wellington's traffic woes.
Mayor Kerry Prendergast is adamant at least one tunnel needs to be built to counter the ever-increasing congestion.


CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former MP Bill Young campaigned, with his wife Joan, for a second Mt Victoria tunnel in 1969. A pilot tunnel, built near the present tunnel, was blocked in 1973 when a proposed extension was shelved.

"I think there are some [things] we have to do," she told The Dominion Post.

"We have some pinch points and they are two of them. This is genuine."

The tunnel plan is one of several measures included in stage two of the Ngauranga to Airport Strategic Study, being issued for public consultation today by Transit New Zealand, Greater Wellington regional council and the city council. It is the first time new Terrace and Mt Victoria tunnels have been given serious consideration in almost 10 years - and public feedback could still bury them.

Ms Prendergast said a new Mt Victoria tunnel should be a high priority, regardless of what submitters to the study say.

The tunnels are likely to be the most contentious options put out for consultation. Other initiatives include improving the bus system, investing in light rail, improving access around the Basin Reserve and widening Adelaide Rd.

People will be asked which transport measures they prefer and why.
A second Mt Victoria tunnel has been on the cards since the early 1970s, when a pilot tunnel was blasted parallel to the present one as part of a planned motorway extension. It was blocked in 1973.

A second Terrace tunnel was proposed in the 1980s, but the plan died over cost concerns.

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, who lives in Miramar, has been pushing for a new Mt Victoria tunnel for three years. "It's a piece of cake, with modern equipment, to put that tunnel through."

About 40,000 vehicles use the present tunnel each day, with some intersections along the State Highway 1 route to the airport carrying five times as much traffic as they were designed for.

The regional council has earmarked $90 million for projects between Ngauranga and the airport. Ms Prendergast said a package of improvement initiatives would probably cost $650 million.

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Old December 6th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #90
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Christchurch average speed is almost the same as Auckland so it can take a while to get around Chch - there was a recent report on Kiwiscrapers about it.

Auckland does indeed get congestion at all times of the day even until late at night. It's a little less congested (according to average vehicular speed) than Sydney, but more congested than Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Again - there was a recent report in the NZ Herald about this.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 11:35 AM   #91
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New Zealand's newest section of motorway

This section of State Highway 18 was opened just 2 weeks ago







Temporary 70kph limit on the Upper Harbour Bridge


Temporary chip-seal section. Will be asphalted





Upper Harbour Bridge (duplicated)
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:21 PM   #92
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a few random in Auckland





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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:39 PM   #93
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Stunning!!
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:40 PM   #94
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Wellington

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Old December 30th, 2007, 05:12 PM   #95
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This median barrier was recently completed. A short term solution until Transmission Gully Motorway is built.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 05:19 PM   #96
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The widest section of SH1 in the Wellington region. Ngauranga gorge going northbound. 3 lanes + exit only going north and 3 southbound lanes.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #97
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Thanks Moveax
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Old December 31st, 2007, 09:21 AM   #98
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How old is Wellingtons motorway compared to Auckland?
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Old December 31st, 2007, 12:55 PM   #99
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which one?

The oldest section at Johnsonville was opened in 1952
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Old December 31st, 2007, 01:06 PM   #100
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Thats pretty old, I'm surprised.
But the oldest section in the country would be between the Harbour Bridge and Fanshawe St, in Auckland, right?
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