2014: The Opening of an Expressway in Australia

March 22, 2014

The Hunter Expressway in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) was opened to traffic. This freeway covers 24.5 miles (39.5 kilometers) between the Pacific Motorway at the Newcastle Link Road interchange and the segment of the New England Highway that is just north of the town of Branxton. The Hunter Expressway was built primarily as a bypass to help reduce heavy traffic in and near the city of Maitland, the village of Lochinvar, the town of Greta, and Branxton.

A dedication ceremony for the Hunter Expressway was held the day before the new route was opened to traffic. This morning event took place at one of the seven rest stops along the freeway,  and those on hand for the festivities included Warren Truss, Australia’s deputy prime minister; and Duncan Gay, NSW minister for roads and ports.

Photo Credit: Advanstra (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Hunter Expressway, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_Expressway

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