新南威尔士州州长Gladys Berejiklian、财政部长Dominic Perrottet和道路部长Melinda Pavey宣布将建设长四公里的双向隧道，这个隧道能将Arncliffe的M5高速公路和Kogarah的总统大道连通起来。
该道路工程将花费22到26亿澳元，预计将使General Holmes Drive上的车辆减少1万多辆，地方道路上的卡车减少2000辆。
维多利亚州州长Daniel Andrews和道路部长Luke Donnellan在Laverton North的Dohertys Road宣布了道路升级工程的启动，该项目涉及的道路共22条，Dohertys Road是第一条开始施工的道路。
为了缓解拥堵状况，Fitzgerald Road和Grieve Parade之间将额外修建一条双向通道，Princes Freeway上方还将修建一座新的桥。
Fitzgerald Road和Hume Road将安装新的交通信号灯，原来的Federation Trail将由一个新的人行天桥替代，供行人和自行车使用。此外还将修建新的人行道和自行车道。
『原文』 Sydney versus Melbourne traffic!
In Sydney, the first section of the F6 Extension, which will allow drivers to bypass 23 sets of traffic lights and save up to 15 minutes on each journey, is now fully funded and open for community feedback.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and NSW Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey released plans for the twin four-kilometre tunnels that will connect the New M5 Motorway at Arncliffe to President Avenue at Kogarah.
The road extension, which is expected to cost between $2.2 to $2.6 billion, will take more than 10,000 vehicles a day off General Holmes Drive and 2000 trucks off local streets.
NSW Premier Berejiklian said it is the NSW Liberals & Nationals strong economic management which has made the F6 Extension possible.
This project is so important because it will allow people to spend less time sitting in traffic and more time at home with their families?
NSW Treasurer Perrottet said this Budget was about investment in people and the infrastructure that makes a difference to lives across NSW.
NSW Minister Pavey said Stage 1 of the F6 extension has been designed to minimise disruption to the community and to minimise property impacts.
Following this round of community consultation, an Environmental Impact Statement will be completed and exhibited. The NSW Government is targeting tendering and procurement to be underway in 2019.
In order to deliver on all of these projects some roads will be tolled, and the NSW Government wants to be up front with the community now and say this is one of those roads which will be tolled, but as always there will be a free alternative, NSW Minister Pavey said.
The toll for the F6 Extension is planned to be $1.77 each way for cars (2017 dollars), cheap?
Users of the F6 Extension will also be eligible for the NSW Government’s free registration package, should they spend $25 or more a week on tolls.
The design for Stage 1 of the F6 extension includes connection tunnels to facilitate future components of the F6 between Kogarah and Loftus, which are in development.
In Melbourne, work is now underway on the VIC Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade, the biggest ever investment in Melbourne’s arterial road network to slash congestion and improve travel times.
VIC Premier Daniel Andrews and VIC Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan visited Dohertys Road in Laverton North to announce the start of work on the first of the 22 key road upgrades, part of the Labor Government’s $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade.
The Dohertys Road upgrade is the first project of the Western Roads Upgrade. The $1.8 billion project includes road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades to fix eight congested roads in Melbourne’s west over the next three years.
Drivers will benefit from an additional lane in each direction between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade and a second bridge over the Princes Freeway to drive down congestion.
Upgrades at five key intersections are also planned.
New traffic lights will be installed at Fitzgerald Road and Hume Road, while a new overpass will be built for cyclists and pedestrians using the Federation Trail. Additional walking and cycling paths will be constructed.
Dohertys Road is a key connection between industrial areas in the western suburbs, as well as important freight routes, nearby freeways and the Port of Melbourne, carrying up to 20,000 vehicles each day.
The Dohertys Road upgrade will help improve journey times, slash congestion, take heavy vehicles off local roads, improve freight links and keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from busy traffic.
Construction work will occur behind barriers to keep Dohertys Road open and minimise impact on commuters. Some lane closures and speed reductions may be required.
Major construction on the other seven projects in the Western Roads Upgrade will be done in stages to keep Melbourne’s western suburbs moving. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.
$2.2 billion buys what?
As part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19, the Labor Government is investing $2.2 billion in the Suburban Roads Upgrade to fix 13 key roads across the northern and south-east suburbs.
VIC Premier Andrews said these projects will fix the suburban roads people in Melbourne’s west rely on.
So that they can spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with friends and family doing the things they enjoy!
As you can see both state Governments are looking after traffic in the two biggest cities of Australia. My question is, do more roads and upgrades really help and is the cost benefit there to call it a good investment?
State politics, be it Liberal or Labor, in Australia, has become somewhat predictable of late, especially in transport. However, no Government seems to look at real innovation, like more share economy and more working online from home. It seems social change would be a much better investment for the dollar and the environment than more of the same.
How do you see it?
A. More of the same?
B. Social change?
C. Do not care?