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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#16 Post by Norman » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:22 am

Took another video along part of the route last week. Enjoy!

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#17 Post by deano91 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:11 pm

SAFM, great choice mate! :lol: Nice video, it's interesting to see how much work is going out there because I haven't been out there in donkeys years!!

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#18 Post by roadrunnerz45 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:08 pm

the minister opened this section of road last week according to the media release.

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#19 Post by drsmith » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:21 pm

Both carriageways are open but the speed limit as of yesterday was still 80 km/hr.

Work has also commenced on the section from Seppeltsfield Road to Greenock Road.

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#20 Post by mattblack » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:35 pm

Drove down it today. 110kph the whole way, its a beauitful thing !! Work underway on the northern connector connection and the sepplesfield interchange. This last sage will be finished be mid next year apparently.

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#21 Post by rogue » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:05 pm

Has the Gawler Bypass / Main North Rd interchange finally been completed?

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#22 Post by Norman » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:01 am

rogue wrote:Has the Gawler Bypass / Main North Rd interchange finally been completed?
The overpass? Yes.

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#23 Post by Waewick » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:54 pm

I just wanted to add my satisfaction of the works done on the Sturt highway, once completed it is going to be great.

I had to drive a trailer full of straw from Truro to Adelaide, normally this is a difficult thing on the sturt highway especially if you want to go about 90-100kms, to be able to sit in the left lane and follow the highway with no concerns for holding up the traffic was a delight, also after 15 years of driving on the road to lose the concern of oncoming traffic darting out in front of you trying to overtake removes a lot of stress from the drive. Hopefully one day we can get it the whole way to the Riverland.

Well done to the contractors who did and continue to do the work.

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#24 Post by rhino » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:58 am

Upgraded $159m Sturt Highway falling to pieces
Michael Milnes From: The Advertiser March 03, 2011 12:00AM

SECTIONS of the $159 million upgrade to the Sturt Highway have been ripped up and relaid because the road is falling apart.

The Advertiser has been told 13km, or more than 20 per cent, of newly-laid bitumen is breaking down in places because of "high traffic loads and hot weather".

Of the 17km dual carriage highway between Gawler and Daveyston, 13km of lanes in both directions are affected, with the stone asphalt breaking down within months of the highway re-opening.

Transport, Energy and Infrastructure Department spokeswoman Alissa Smith said the stone asphalt was breaking down mainly in the outside lanes in some places.

"The stone mastic asphalt used in the road works is relatively new technology," Ms Smith said.

"DTEI does not believe there is any one specific cause and it is likely a combination of issues, including extreme temperatures and high traffic loads in the first few days of it being laid as well as the bitumen quality and issues with the asphalt mix design.

"The top 35mm of asphalt is affected and the department is working with the contractor to identify the solution and work to fix the problem."

The project began in January 2008 and was completed last July, four months ahead of schedule and under budget.

"Remedial work started on February 21 and is scheduled to be completed by March 4. A commercial arrangement has been reached between DTEI and the contractor (Boral) to rectify this issue and work will be completed within the original budget, with no extra cost to the taxpayer," Ms Smith said.

An engineer for Boral was unavailable for comment yesterday about the technology and type of asphalt used in the project.

The Northern Expressway was constructed using the same method and materials as the Sturt Highway but Ms Smith said it was constructed under different terrain and weather conditions.

"The Sturt Highway was constructed during a drought period in South Australia with higher temperatures, whereas the Northern Expressway was constructed during the wetter seasons with much lower temperatures," she said.

"The problems with the Sturt Highway were identified during a heatwave approximately six months after its completion and the Northern Expressway has been operational for approximately seven months and has had no issues of this nature."

The Asphalt Institute of America said the life span of an asphalt or bitumen road was at least 12 years but could be more than double that, depending on variables such as traffic and weather.
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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#25 Post by crawf » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:12 pm

I thought it was strange the other day they were relaying the bitumen near Gawler.

Can't remember when this was complete, but was it around the same time we had that extreme heatwave in 2009 (temps over 45 degrees)?

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#26 Post by DM8 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:57 pm

... the Northern Expressway has been operational for approximately seven months ...
Ummm... no it hasn't, less than 6 actually.
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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#27 Post by Zills » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:42 pm

DM8 wrote:
... the Northern Expressway has been operational for approximately seven months ...
Ummm... no it hasn't, less than 6 actually.
ummmmm... who gives a sheee?

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Re: Sturt Highway Upgrade ($159m)

#28 Post by Waewick » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:40 pm

crawf wrote:I thought it was strange the other day they were relaying the bitumen near Gawler.

Can't remember when this was complete, but was it around the same time we had that extreme heatwave in 2009 (temps over 45 degrees)?
So have been driving this over the last few months and the highway between gawler and seppeltsfield has become corrugated and really uneven.

Seems like 8 years is a bit early for this, but i really don't know the lifespan of these projects

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Re: COM: Sturt Highway Upgrade | $159m

#29 Post by TinaNamdev » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:55 pm

the current road between Gawler and the Hume Highway is rather sheit.

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Re: COM: Sturt Highway Upgrade | $159m

#30 Post by rhino » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:00 am

TinaNamdev wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:55 pm
the current road between Gawler and the Hume Highway is rather sheit.

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So ... the whole Sturt Hwy then ... ?
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