Australia's national highways - a review of progress 1974- 1980

In 1974, the Australian government decided to declare a system of major interstate arterial roads as national highways. It decided that because of the national importance of that system it would accept full responsibility for the costs of all works on the roads comprising the system, as well as the responsibility for determining the standard of road to be built and the priorities in which works should be carried out. In the six years from July 1974 to June 1980 a total of over $a1,000 million was appropriated for road works on this system. Some substantial progress has been made towards the overall objective of upgrading the national highway system to provide for the safe, reliable and efficient carriage of traffic between Australia's main centres. Of the total length of road in the system of 16,300 kilometres, the length unsealed has been reduced by more than half from some 3900 to 1800 kilometres, and the length of dual carriageway has more than doubled from some 270 to 650 kilometres. However, it is evident that the upgrading of the national highways system will not be achieved as quickly as had been hoped at its inception in 1974, largely because of constraints placed on all levels of government expenditure for the control of inflation (a).


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 111-23
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the third conference of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia. volume 1
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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  • Accession Number: 01438076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 9:21PM