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Earthquake Road Rebuild
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:49:01 PM »
While my truck is quiet during the winter I'm going to do some work for another guy who is helping with the rebuild of our main highway on the east coast that was devastated by an earthquake late last year. Not much time now as off to work soon but here's some pics, I'll add more info maybe tonight.


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 12:52:10 PM »
While my truck is quiet during the winter I'm going to do some work for another guy who is helping with the rebuild of our main highway on the east coast that was devastated by an earthquake late last year. Not much time now as off to work soon but here's some pics, I'll add more info maybe tonight.


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 03:08:04 PM »
Looks like a project!

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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 08:41:24 PM »
Looks bloody chilly.
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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 08:57:05 PM »
Shortest day tomorrow .....


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 08:58:16 PM »
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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 09:24:09 PM »
That road is wrecked!  I'd hate to be driving at night and encounter this little bump:


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 10:09:10 PM »
Quite a project. What's the timeline to have the road reopened ?
Started with nothing and still have most of it left.

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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 10:30:46 PM »
They are saying the end of this year.... but we all know about deadlines  ! But they do seem to be bringing in more equipment all the time , every piece is given a number , at the moment they are up to number 100, which could be the total trucks , semis and the Articulated Dumpers ( ADTs ) and that's just working from the south end , I'm not sure what's happening from the north end .


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2017, 11:31:59 PM »
Do they tax you on the fuel or mileage taxes or how do they get you for the cost of the roads? After the Northridge quake hit Los Angeles in the 90's several freeway bridges had to be replaced. Charlie Myers got the jobs and asked for a million dollar a day bonus for every day he beat the deadline. They agreed and he said he needed a new jet and beat the deadline by 25 days at least. When the railroad told him they didn't know when they could get a load of steel from Texas to him, he chartered a train and had it quick. He knew how to do a job.

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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 02:49:23 AM »
Road funding in New Zealand.

In New Zealand petrol is taxed at the pump at around 67c/litre. About 60c of this goes into the NZ Transport Agency coffers, most of the rest goes to fund our Accident Compensation Corporation (A no fault accident medical and rehabilitation fund). Diesel is not taxed at the pump but all diesel vehicles are subject to a road user tax called Road User Charges (RUC). The cost per 1,000km for these vary based on the gross weight of the vehicle. For instance my ute falls into the under 3.5T category and RUC costs $62/1,000km (6.2c/km). For midnitemack's B-train, that he carts apples with, RUC costs $359/1,000km for the truck, another $61/1,000km for the front trailer and $125/1,000km for the second trailer for a grand total of $545/1,000km (54.5c/km), assuming I did the maths right and picked the correct combinations). There are nine classes of powered vehicles and  ten classes of trailer. This is before getting into specialist vehicles like all terrain cranes etc. It may seem a clunky system but it is actually quite fair as each type of vehicle pays for the "damage" it does to or how much it "uses up" the road.  RUC rates here.

NZTA  use petrol tax and RUC to fund roading. State highways are 100% funded from this fund and local roads are subsidised 50% (on average across the country) from the fund with the local ratepayer picking up the balance.  State highways  are only 12% of the total road network, they account for 50% of the vehicle kilometres driven every year and around two-thirds of the distance travelled by heavy freight vehicles.

Some roading, such as the reinstatement of SH1 after the Kaikoura earthquake and Roads of National Significance, basically infrastructure projects that injected cash into the economy during the last economic down turn, have additional funding from the general tax pool.

The one disadvantage of the RUC system is that it penalises the little highly efficient (50mpg+) diesel cars like the VW  1.4 TDI because they pay the same RUC as a 3.5T vehicle, making as the effective fuel per litre cost much more expensive than petrol.

Edit. Out of interest the fuel prices today in Tauranga are:

91 Octane Petrol - NZ$1.697/litre  (US$4.69/US gallon)
95 Octane Petrol - NZ$1.907/litre (US$5.27/US gallon)
Diesel - $0.957/litre  (US$2.64/US gallon)
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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 03:09:12 AM »
Aerial photos of some of the slips.










The main north/south railway runs parallel to the highway in this area and has been badly damaged as well.
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Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 03:40:08 AM »
This was happening today ... pretty skilled operator .... definitely big balls .....



It's way steeper than it looks .....


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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 09:01:50 AM »
Several thoughts

Rural, thanks for the insight on the taxes.  Big trucks seem to be getting hammered (Midnite would agree lolx)

Shocked at how cheap diesel is compared to petrol. 

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Re: Earthquake Road Rebuild
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