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Old December 21st, 2006, 12:32 AM   #1
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Got to thinking that maybe with so many different projects and options happening in the Auckland Transport Discussion thread, it was making me dizzy. Thought we could streamline things a bit by setting up 2 threads - one (this) to stick to initiatives that support the use of PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION eg motor cars, trucks, bicycles, inline skates, walking, and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION eg ferries, buses, and rail.

So to start...

Johnstone's Hill Twin Tunnels

Excavation of the Johnstone's Hill twin tunnels began in February 2006 and on 2 August, the top-heading (top half) of the southbound tunnel was completed.

Breakthrough for the northbound tunnel was achieved one month ahead of schedule, on November 23. Dump trucks are now using the tunnel to access the southern portal area.

The benched floor of the southbound tunnel is currently being excavated with the roadheader (pictured below).



Orewa Interchange

The Orewa Interchange Bridge is nearing completion with only barriers and wing-walls to be constructed. It is anticipated that the interchange will be largely completed by February 2007.

BELOW: The Orewa Interchange bridge under construction, November 2006.



Nukumea Eco-viaduct

Work on the Nukumea Eco-viaduct is progressing smoothly with all piers are now complete. The southern abutment has been poured and construction of the northern abutment is underway. The first two cross-head beams have been poured; the false work is now being repositioned in preparation for construction of the third cross-head.

BELOW: Piers are now visible in the Nukumea Valley, September 2006.



Hillcrest Bridge

Works have also progressed well on the over bridge at Hillcrest Road. Both the east and west abutments and all five sections of the deck are complete. Work will now focus on edge barrier and footpath construction and the installation of service ducts before excavation begins later in the season.

BELOW: Hillcrest Bridge, 1 November 2006



Otanerua Eco-viaduct

The Otanerua Eco-Viaduct is essentially complete. Both guardrails are finished and work is currently concentrating on drainage. Dump trucks are now hauling material across the viaduct to use elsewhere on site.

BELOW: Otanerua Eco-viaduct, 1 November 2006



Waiwera Viaduct

At the Waiwera Viaduct, work continues on pier construction, which is more than 60% complete. Progress on the super-structure is also going well, with sixty of the pre-cast bridge segments having now been cast.

BELOW: Waiwera Viaduct piers under construction, 1 November 2006.

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Milestone first structure on SH20 Mt Roskill Extension
2006/12/15

Almost a year and a half after the sod turning celebration for the start of construction on the State Highway 20 Mt Roskill Extension project, Transit is celebrating again as the first major structure – the May Road Bridge – is completed.

Transit Regional Manager Peter Spies today cut the ribbon at the crest of the bridge and let through the first car onto the bridge to signify the official opening.

Construction of the $6M May Road Bridge started in December 2005 and has made good progress to be finished only a year later. It is a major milestone on the project, not only because of its significance as the first of many structures being erected, but because it heralds in the next phase of work on site.

Completion of the bridge means traffic can be redirected and the temporary diversion of May Road, which has been in place since December 2005, can now be dismantled. With the diversion road no longer needed, earth moving trucks will now begin to work in the area, travelling directly under the new bridge to access other areas of the site. Direct access up the site will allow the project to progress much quicker than before.

It is the first of six bridge crossings to be built as part of the plans for the SH20 Mt Roskill Extension project, which upon completion of the motorway, is anticipated to carry nearly 15,000 vehicles per day. It is 61m long and is made up of 24 individual deck beams and is held up by two very slender piers, each only 300mm thick.

The $186M four kilometre SH20 Mt Roskill Extension project will form an important link in the strategic Western Ring Route. The ring route will eventually provide an alternative route north from SH1 Southern Motorway at Manukau City via SH20 Southwestern Motorway, SH16 Northwestern Motorway and SH18 Upper Harbour Corridor to SH1 Northern Motorway at Constellation Drive. It will play an important role in reducing central Auckland congestion by enabling traffic to completely bypass the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

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Update on Auckland Harbour Bridge cycleway/walkway

Courtesy of CAN (Cycling Advocates Network)..

- The initial feasibility study has been reviewed by 'head office' in Wellington (including their CEO, Rick van Barneveld)
- Transit are proceeding to the next design stage which is due by April '07. This will have a separate cycleway and walkway and will use an elevator lift on the northern side
- The required space will be created by narrowing the existing clip-on lanes and extending the bridge width.
- They expect the cost of the cycleway and walkway to be $35 to 45 million, whilst they're not horrified about this cost, they may only proceed with the cycleway, which they expect to be $15 to 20 million. Their thinking is the walkway would mainly be used by tourists, not commuters.
- If this goes ahead then the goal would be to have it all done within the next 2.5 years

The fly in the ointment is the second harbour crossing. This is likely to be a tunnel and if it is on Transit's 10 year radar then that could be a problem, as its extra capacity will mean they can de-commission the two outside lanes of the bridge and convert them into cycleway & walkways - thus cycling access would be delayed for 10 years or more.

Also, the clip-ons themselves are nearing the end of their lifespans I think, so in the replacement the cycle/walkway could be factored in, but this again will mean a longer wait into the next decade.
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Good news Flyin.
That would be great to be able to cycle over the bridge.
Shame the clip-on replacement will shut it down for a couple of years in 15 years or so.
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Good news Flyin.
That would be great to be able to cycle over the bridge.
Shame the clip-on replacement will shut it down for a couple of years in 15 years or so.
Even if the clip on spans were pre-done (similar to the present ones) would it still take 2-3 years?
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Tunnels are cool, but I'm leaning towards a new Harbour bridge. Something iconic - with 10 lanes, 1 walk/cycle lane, 2 rail lines - along the lines of a lovely cable stayed structure. Then rip down the coat hanger - used the concrete/asphalt for road fill and the steel for buildings.
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Aucklandman - Ben - I like those new and additional links to trafficinfo's traffic cams on your website. Convenient location.
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Aucklandman - Ben - I like those new and additional links to trafficinfo's traffic cams on your website. Convenient location.
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Go see what my site (home page) looks like now!!!!

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CHEERS!

Go see what my site (home page) looks like now!!!!

www.aucklandmotorways.co.nz
Jaw drops! Drool dribbles disgustingly all over the keyboard. And the oscar goes to...

My god WOW just doesn't do enough. Wow, someones been a busy boy!

FANTASTIC!!!
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Where's my speech about the Newmarket viaduct Ben?
Ok,ok...you can edit it down somewhat.
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Where's my speech about the Newmarket viaduct Ben?
Ok,ok...you can edit it down somewhat.
He he, you will see that on there soon, kinda too busy atm,
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I have noticed that this thread is full of pictures of construction underway and people cutting ribbons to open something while the Auckland PUBLIC transport thread has slipped of the radar and was only full of ideas of what could happen or possiblities about what should happen in the future.

Thanks to whoever put up those videos on Youtube about AUckland. City Of Cars". They were really good.
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More pics. of the Northern Portal breakthrough and news from the Northern Gateway Alliance, on ALPURT B2.




Breakthrough of the northbound tunnel top heading was achieved on 23 November, more than a month ahead of schedule. Tunnels Construction Manager, Tony Pink, attributes the early breakthrough to applying lessons learn't during excavation of the southbound tunnel. “There were some teething troubles with the first tunnel which we had ironed out for the second one,” says Tony.

The newly excavated northbound tunnel is already being put to good use, with dump trucks hauling rock and dirt from the southern portal area to the north side of Johnstone’s Hill, where it is used as fill. The tunnel also provides crucial access for the structures team, who will shuttle concrete trucks and a piling rig through to the southern portal area to construct the northern abutment for the Waiwera Viaduct.

Meanwhile, the benched floor of the southbound tunnel, which broke through into daylight on 3 August, is being excavated by the road header machine (shown at left working on the breakthrough). Once the floor is complete, the tunnel will be lined with a waterproof PVC membrane and the permanent concrete tunnel lining can be installed.

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The 2006/2007-earthworks season is a massive one for the NGA, who are aiming to move in excess of 1.5 million cubic metres of earth – the equivalent to 600 Olympic-size swimming pools, or 88,000 trips in our largest dump truck.

Consent conditions and rain restrict earthworks activities to around 100 days per year. Just 20 minutes of rain can stop work for a day, so the earthworks team must really make hay while the sun shines. The following is a rundown of where our work will concentrate over the summer months.

Northern Termination: On the northern side of Johnstone’s Hill, to the east of the tunnel portals, work is focusing on a new southbound carriageway. This will take motorists traveling south to Waiwera from Titford’s Bridge at the base of the hill up to the existing state highway.
Ninety thousand cubic metres of material excavated from the tunnels and from the southern portal area will be used to construct the fill, which is scheduled for completion in April 2007.


Chin Hill cut The 53 metres deep cut in the Chin Hill ridgeline contains more than 1.3 million cubic metres of material, more than a third of the total earthworks volume on the project. The earthworks team are aiming to extract more than 750,000 cubic metres of rock from here in the current season alone. To do this they need to conduct blasts on a regular basis to gain access to the rock.

Otanerua Valley fill This summer, 500,000 cubic metres of rock from Chin Hill will be trucked into the Otanerua Valley (west of Hatfield’s Beach) to build the road level up to a point 30 metres above the culvert beneath.

Orewa Interchange By the end of January people traveling north on the ALPURT highway will be able to see the over-bridge for the new Orewa Interchange as they approach the Grand Drive roundabout. Behind the grassy knoll, the earthworks team is busily moving 200,000 cubic metres of earth to prepare the transition with the ALPURT B1 highway.

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Design enhancements: Recent design enhancements to the tunnel portals and to the final choice of road pavement provide significant aesthetic and physical improvements to the ALPURT B2 motorway, at no additional cost. The changes will help the Northern Gateway Alliance (NGA) realise their vision to: ‘create a Northern Gateway that is a visual showcase of environmental and engineering excellence.’

Refined tunnel design: Initially the design of the tunnel portals included a shear slope reinforced with permanent rock bolts and mesh. These stark engineering features would have contrasted sharply with the surrounding native forest, and this pushed the team to look at alternative designs, eventually opting for extended use of the ‘cut and cover’ technique.

In this technique, the tunnel’s concrete lining is extended by approximately 20 metres from the base of the hill and landscaped over the top with soil. In doing this, the natural contours of the hill can be reinstated and the tunnel portal area moulded to a more gentle slope. This enables the entire area to be revegetated, so in the future the tunnel portals will merge with a forested hillside.

Improved road surface: The design of the motorway surface has also been enhanced. The original plan was for a granular pavement surface which met all the required standards at a minimum cost. However, evidence from the ALPURT A1 and A2 projects pointed to the risk of pavement failure and of high maintenance costs.

The NGA spent a substantial amount of time evaluating alternative pavement options. At the forefront of their minds were issues such as whole of life and risk costs. These considerations led the team to opt for a deep lift asphalt base topped with a quiet, smooth OGPA (Open Grade and Porous Asphalt) surface.

This state-of-the-art pavement is the quietest surface available and one that is designed for a lifespan of 35 years. This ensures that maintenance is minimised and that the adjustment of street furniture such as barriers and drainage covers is not required due to future overlays.

The ALPURT B2 designers have worked hard to improve on the original design and are confident the finished product will be something that both Transit New Zealand and the community will be proud of.
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Glenfield Rd upgrade - stages three and four

Improving traffic flow and enhancing Glenfield Rd

Work is due to begin in mid-February on stage three of the Glenfield Rd upgrade.

This stage will begin with parts of the road being dug up to underground or relocate power, gas, telecommunications and water infrastructure.

This will cause disruption at times for property owners and road users on Glenfield Rd from the Camrose Pl intersection to an area north of the James St (south) intersection. We thank residents in advance for their patience while the work is carried out.

When this work is done, we will begin road widening. Stages three and four of the upgrade include:

* Increasing Glenfield Rd to four lanes of traffic
* Dedicated cycle lanes along the length of the road
* Bus priorities at key intersections
* Improved landscaping and street furniture.

The project aims to integrate cycling, walking, and public transport to encourage more people to use sustainable transport.

Features of stage three and four

As with stages one and two, Glenfield Rd will be widened to accommodate four traffic lanes in total (two in each direction), and two cycle lanes. A raised median island will separate the traffic streams along some parts of the road.

Key areas for stage three include:

Upgrade work on this intersection includes bus priority lanes at the intersection, raised median islands, cycle lanes, and improvements to the bus stops either side of the intersection on Glenfield Rd (see image, right).

James St South property access

There is scope for improving property access for residents living between 524 and 532A Glenfield Rd who currently access their properties from a separate access lane. Changes to the existing layout will be investigated during the design stages in consultation with landowners and residents.

Key areas for stage four include:

Traffic priority at the Wairau Rd/Glenfield Rd intersection

Last time you told us you wanted a change to the priority for traffic flows at this intersection from Glenfield Road north into Wairau Rd, to Glenfield Road north into Glenfield Rd south (this forming a “T” intersection with Wairau Rd ).

This work also includes bus priority lanes at the intersection.

Works within the vicinity of the Wairau Rd shops/business area

As a result of residents’ preference to change traffic flow priority at the Glenfield and Wairau Rd intersection, changes to the road alignment will result in the loss of some parking near the Wairau Rd shops.

James St North intersection

There is currently no provision to turn right out of James St North onto Glenfield Rd. Earlier consultation indicated a preference to continue the no right turn out from this location. Pedestrian access across Glenfield Rd and to bus stops will be improved by installing traffic signals as shown in the diagram.

Effects on private property access


Glenfield Rd will need to be widened over most of its length and this will affect vehicle crossings and access to properties. Furthermore, where there will be raised median islands (between James St South and Sunset Rd), right turning into and out of properties will no longer be possible. Options for landscaping the median islands will be explored.

Landscaping and tree works

The upgrade provides us with an opportunity to landscape areas of the road reserve along Glenfield Rd. Landscaping can improve the visual character and amenity of the route and will be undertaken where practical.

Widening of the road will require work to take place within the root zone of some trees along the route. In some circumstances the construction works will require the removal and/or relocation of existing trees.

A notable group of trees located at the intersection of Wairau Rd and Glenfield Rd will remain, and we will avoid working near these trees where possible.
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AT LAST

Govt to issue infrastructure bonds this month

2007/02/01

The Government will soon issue the first tranche of infrastructure bonds that will be used to help finance its road-building programme.

In last year's budget the Government announced an extra $1.3 billion over five years, boosting total projected spending on roads to $13.4 billion over that period.

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said at the time it would issue up to $1 billion in infrastructure bonds to help pay for the investment.

About $425 million of the bond money has already been committed between now and 2010-2011 to accelerate key state highway projects including the Manukau Harbour Crossing, Kopu Bridge Replacement, four laning of Longswamp to Rangiriri in Waikato, the Christchurch Southern Motorway and the investigation and design of Transmission Gully.

Dr Cullen today said Treasury's Debt Management Office would hold a $200 million bond tender on February 15, of which $50 million would be designated infrastructure bonds.

"The funds will be tagged for transport, helping finance the biggest road-building programme this country has seen."


United Future leader Peter Dunne welcomed the upcoming issue of the bonds.

Mr Dunne said financing road projects through debt bonds meant the cost would be paid for by both current and future road users.
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Very very good

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Very good? Perhaps for certain projects, but why isn't this being extended to rail upgrades in Auckland?

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Improved road surface: The design of the motorway surface has also been enhanced. The original plan was for a granular pavement surface which met all the required standards at a minimum cost. However, evidence from the ALPURT A1 and A2 projects pointed to the risk of pavement failure and of high maintenance costs.

The NGA spent a substantial amount of time evaluating alternative pavement options. At the forefront of their minds were issues such as whole of life and risk costs. These considerations led the team to opt for a deep lift asphalt base topped with a quiet, smooth OGPA (Open Grade and Porous Asphalt) surface.

This state-of-the-art pavement is the quietest surface available and one that is designed for a lifespan of 35 years. This ensures that maintenance is minimised and that the adjustment of street furniture such as barriers and drainage covers is not required due to future overlays.
Just reading through that, if that OGPA surface is so good and yet not too much more expensive, why isn't it used on all main roads in NZ? And city streets for that matter, ie; Queen St upgrade.
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Just a note, AUCKLANDMAN AVERT YOUR EYES, THE FOLLOWING IS ANTI-ROAD RANT NOT SUITABLE FOR SOME ....


1.3 extra and 13.4 billion overall over 5 years?/??. IS that right???

Im a dedicated rail man like flyin. I lived in Europe for a year and a half and have now been living in Asia for about 9 months. Out of all the cities Ive been too,

Rome
Paris
London
Birmingham
Newcastle
Edinburgh ( most of my time)
Dublin
Belfast
Glasgow
Lyon
Turin
Barcelona
San Fransisco
Los Angeles
Hong Kong
Seoul(most of the asian tour)
Osaka
Jakarta
Kuala Lumpur

and Wellington lol.

I found it easier to get around in those cities (except Jakarta, and LA)with a backpack and no car at all, than I did in Auckland with a car. Now Im not saying I am an expert on these cities and many I just stayed in for a few days, but I always took note of the transport, and If they didnt have a subway then the bus system was always much better than Aucklands. Or san fransisco's tram, Edinburghs buses were awesome, and they were going to put in a tram as I was leaving a few years ago. Turin was putting in a subway when I was there for the winter Olympics. (hello.....rugby world cup)

Jakarta was a third world mess but its bus sytem was comparable to Aucklands, just busier.


Rail is cheaper too. A ticket to anywhere in Seoul on the subway will put you back a mighty NZ$1.50. Imagine going from Albany to Manukau and it costing you a buck fifty. much cheaper than the petrol prices we have now. And much better for the environment!!!. We profess to be clean and green yet put so much effort into making it easy for polluting forms of transport.!!. Im a bit wound up about this as you can probably tell..


By the way. The inner city rail loop will cost around an estimated 1 billion dollars to complete. Thats about 7 percent of the road budget for the next five years in Auckland. 7 Bl&%$dy percent.!! Keep that in mind the next time you hear about road funding for Auckland.

I disagree with some posters here that Auckland is too dispersed for rail. I think its a chicken and egg thing. If we build rail then people will start living around the rail lines and that will lead to the intensification of Auckland., and thankfully stop the urban sprawl.
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Believe me, I do not support total road domination. I cringe when petrol becomes cheaper and then bus prices go up!

But the difference with all of those cities (apart from Wellington) all have brilliant and complete roading networks, complimented with large populations, demand and a good Rapid Transit network.

Look at history.

Auckland was supposed to complete a massive motorway network back in the 1940s to 1970s making sure it was ready for the future, back then the thinking was everyone will drive cars, but that network could be efficient enough to run freight now with a proper rapid transit network.

From the 1970s onwards the Rapid Transit networks were supposed to be completed. This included the inner city loop, double tracking and expanding rail and bus services. This was never done as we all know.

Now we are paying the price of not completing either. The city is growing as it would with a poor spine designed motorway only network, it is spreading.

If a ring motorway network was completed back in the 60s when it was supposed to, development would have been contained within, then 10-20 years later when it starts to get out of those borders the rapid transit network would have made up for it.

If the rapid transit network was completed when it should have been then obviously we wouldn’t see what we are seeing now.

We are paying the price, $13bn on transport, which even with inflation would have been minimal 40 years ago, to complete the network that should have been completed.

Everyone in the transport sector knows that in 15 years when the planned projects, especially the Auckland ones, are completed we will see a huge focus on public transport.

Again we are 50 years behind.

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Auckland is far too dispersed for rail, this makes it far less cost effective, and rail is the most expensive form of public transport (available in reality to us). That’s why rail is currently put on the back burner to bus systems. Which I agree with somewhat; even though these spines of rail should be completed and extended.

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Rail is cheaper too. A ticket to anywhere in Seoul on the subway will put you back a mighty NZ$1.50. Imagine going from Albany to Manukau and it costing you a buck fifty. Much cheaper than the petrol prices we have now. And much better for the environment! We profess to be clean and green yet put so much effort into making it easy for polluting forms of transport!
Supply vs. Demand here: If Seoul’s cost to get the train is $1.50 that’s because their population is 10 million and a huge percentage of that would take public transport.

Also from Wiki:

"With over ten million people living within its city limits, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world. [2] With an area of only 605 square kilometres, smaller than London or New York City, it is one of the most densely populated major cities. Seoul's population density has allowed it to become one of the world's most digitally-connected cities. It also has more than three million registered vehicles which often cause widespread traffic jams."

Lol we are not alone.....

Motorways are not the problem of Auckland, they were originally a start of the solution, then to rapid transit, but were never bloody well done.

I support the inner city loop and it annoys me that they don’t get on and do it. But I also support the money being spent on the roading networks too. As long as it’s evenly spread, so far it isn’t.

Auckland relies heavily on its Motorway network, we cannot ignore that. Alternatives need to be put in place, then existing motorway corridors can be turned in to multi transport corridors, perfect example (without building the motorway part) is the Eastern Corridor.

I want to see the network that is planned: Western Ring, 2nd harbour crossing (With public transport initives), and existing network improvements.

Then after those are done thats it! No more motorways and a complete and utter focus on public transport.
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