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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:28 PM   #141
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Northern Extension (Toll)

New Zealand's newest stretch of motorway opened at the weekend.
SH1 north of Auckland.7.5km long tollway

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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #142
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Stylish.. Except for the road markings it looks like a French Voie Expresse
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #143
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It does look good dosen't it.
The asphalt on a couple of those pics could just about rival even the Struma
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #144
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Update: Interchange SH1 / SH20 at Manuakau (20km South of dowtown Auckland)

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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #145
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Why all traffic has to merge into 1 lane? Isn't tunnel wide enough?
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #146
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The reduction to 1 lane northbound is as a calming measure as the motorway terminates on the north side of the tunnels. I suppose it increases safety to have an early merge than at the point where the highway becomes a 2 lane road again. The tunnel is wide enough for 2 lanes though.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:59 PM   #147
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A couple of nice pics from Flickr

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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #148
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The colours used on that sign remind me of those used on toll roads in Victoria, such as the CityLink in Melbourne.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:38 PM   #149
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It does look suspiciously Victorian in style.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:45 PM   #150
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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #151
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Opening day on the SH1- Puhoi Extension. It was a long weekend for Auckland Aniversary.

pics by Kane http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...557100&page=28



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Old January 26th, 2009, 03:34 AM   #152
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Wow, lovely new piece of motorway. Thanks kiwikaas.

It does look very similar to Victoira, blue-yellow signs for tollway, citylink/eastlink style toll gantires, lane markings with a dot (reflector) between alternate lines.

Love those pics of Auckland at night time too.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:09 AM   #153
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The motorway looks great.

The second pic in post #147 is brilliant.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #154
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use have alot of freeways for a country with a population about the same as Sydney.

Nice freeways but
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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:41 AM   #155
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New Zealand doesn't really have a lot of freeways.
In fact driving around New Zealand means mostly being stuck on very windy, bumpy, dangerous roads.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:08 AM   #156
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Auckland's motorway network looks to me like the best in Oceania, especially with the way it's all connected up in the middle. Melbourne has some great freeways, of course, but the Eastern Freeway was never completed to connect to the Tullamarine Freeway, it just kind of becomes a street. And Perth has excellent roads from what I hear, but not many of them are freeways.
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use have alot of freeways for a country with a population about the same as Sydney.

Nice freeways but
NZ dosen't have many motorways at all. The longest you can drive on continuous motorway/expressway in NZ is only about 100km (total motorway/expressway for NZ is about 200-220km). Once the Waikato Expressway is completed it will be possible to drive 200km on continuous motorway/expressway from north of Auckland to south of Hamilton.
If NZ were to have the same amount of motorway/expressway standard road as Canada on a per capita basis then NZ would have to have about 1600km.
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Auckland's motorway network looks to me like the best in Oceania, especially with the way it's all connected up in the middle. Melbourne has some great freeways, of course, but the Eastern Freeway was never completed to connect to the Tullamarine Freeway, it just kind of becomes a street. And Perth has excellent roads from what I hear, but not many of them are freeways.
Auckland has a pretty good motorway network although it is pretty conjested (some stretches of 3-3 motorway approaching 200,000 v.p.d.). Most Australian cities have better general roading (ie: multilane arterial roads) than Auckland. Perth has a far superior general roading network than Auckland for instance. Melbourne as well in general (certainly outside the 10km radius from the CBD).
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Auckland's motorway network looks to me like the best in Oceania, especially with the way it's all connected up in the middle. Melbourne has some great freeways, of course, but the Eastern Freeway was never completed to connect to the Tullamarine Freeway, it just kind of becomes a street. And Perth has excellent roads from what I hear, but not many of them are freeways.
Driving around Perth is much easier than driving around Auckland, and although a lot of Perths highwighs are incomplete and even have signallised intersections, the geometry of the roadways, and the route that they follow is superior to Aucklands motorways, and the finished freeways here are of better quality.
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How is the new tollway going in terms of popularity compared to say Melbourne's Eastlink? Or is it too early to say?
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