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GDE to be a wonder of the earth?

By johnboy - 7 September 2011 63

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is having some fun comparing the construction time of the soon to be completed Gungahlin Drive Extension with other major construction projects.

“Of the ten years since ACT Labor came to power, approximately seven years have been spent with the road under construction.

“This is in contrast to the span of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was built almost 80 years ago within four years.

“The 40 kilometre Westlink M7 freeway, a major piece of NSW infrastructure which includes 38 overpasses and underpasses, was completed in two years.

“The 2.8 kilometre Sydney Harbour Tunnel took only four years to complete.

“In Victoria, the 22 kilometre Melbourne City Link, one of the city’s major arterial roads, was completed in four years.

I think Alistair needs to broaden his imagination with this exercise.

So Rioters, what other things were built in under seven years?

I’d like to start with the Temple of Solomon.

What’s Your opinion?


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GDE to be a wonder of the earth?
Bluey 11:36 am 07 Sep 11

The Colosseum of Rome took 8 years.

Taking bets on the Canberra stadium revamp to take similar time.

ABC129 11:26 am 07 Sep 11

The Burj Khalifa – tallest building in the world only took 6 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa
Though the 22,000 man hours is probably a few more than the GDE. If we measure it by man-hours, the GDE is probably a pretty good deal considering the 3 guys that have been working on it got it done in only 7 years.

welkin31 11:17 am 07 Sep 11

Kalgoorlie water pipeline – 1896-1903 – of course for those days it was just a little walk in the park.
The Golden Gate Bridge – Jan 1933-April 1937 – ditto – nothing much happened there.

MonarchRepublic 11:16 am 07 Sep 11

Spectra said :

The bulk of the US’s first trans-continental railroad (aka “The Overland Route”) took 6 years and totalled 2860 km, including through terrain considerably more challenging than O’Conner Ridge πŸ˜‰ Though I think it was probably subject to considerably less law-suits.

And I assume they installed BOTH rails in the first instance too…

YetAnotherBlowIn 11:06 am 07 Sep 11

EastLink in Melbourne was completed in 3 years & 3 months. 49km of roads including: 4km of tunnels, a couple of bypasses, a major freeway interchange, at least 15 over/underpasses and a handfull of pedestrian bridges.

The Trans-Australian Railway was completed in 5 years & 1 month.

The first 13km section of The Great Ocean Road in Victoria only took 3 years, and that was done by hand with pick axes and explosives (and a lot of returned Australian servicemen….)

Thumper 10:50 am 07 Sep 11

Thames Barrier just misses out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_Barrier

p1 10:47 am 07 Sep 11

Spectra said :

The bulk of the US’s first trans-continental railroad (aka “The Overland Route”) took 6 years and totalled 2860 km, including through terrain considerably more challenging than O’Conner Ridge πŸ˜‰ Though I think it was probably subject to considerably less law-suits.

Being able to legally shoot the equivalent of locals protesting probably streamlined the process somewhat.

Spectra 10:40 am 07 Sep 11

The bulk of the US’s first trans-continental railroad (aka “The Overland Route”) took 6 years and totalled 2860 km, including through terrain considerably more challenging than O’Conner Ridge πŸ˜‰ Though I think it was probably subject to considerably less law-suits.

Me no fry 10:40 am 07 Sep 11

Another way to look at this is to wonder just how long it would have taken to build those various things if the ACT government had been in charge…

Adding a nought to everything seems about right.

p1 10:38 am 07 Sep 11

Captain RAAF said :

The Maginot Line,one of the most complex constructions of its time took 9 years to build and stretched across the entire French border with Germany….pity they forgot the bit next to Belgium…….

Are you suggesting that, rather then using the GDE, it would be quicker and easier to drive through Belgium and defeat the French army?

You are probably right.

Keijidosha 10:38 am 07 Sep 11

The Millau Viaduct was started in October 2001 and finished (ahead of schedule) in December 2004. It is considered a marvel of modern engineering and seriously impressive on a global scale, and at the time was the worlds tallest bridge with a deck height of 270m above the valley below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millau_Viaduct

chewy14 10:29 am 07 Sep 11

Hoover Dam took 5 years.

Captain RAAF 10:20 am 07 Sep 11

Hitlers Atlantic Wall, which stretched from Spain to northern Norway took two years to build though it’s effectiveness would probably be on a par with the GDE now.

The Seigfried Line took two years to build.

What we need is conscripts and slave labour!

The Maginot Line,one of the most complex constructions of its time took 9 years to build and stretched across the entire French border with Germany….pity they forgot the bit next to Belgium…….

The Frots 10:12 am 07 Sep 11

Hmmmm. World Wars 1 and 2 were started and finished in less time. As was the Korean War and many others.

However seven years or more may be what it takes for this Labor Government to get back in after the next election.

johnboy 9:56 am 07 Sep 11

Ooh, and the Empire State Building was just 410 day!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_State_Building

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