This is outrageous!
As a professional engineer, let me comment on a few things:
-$25/m2 is quite generous for earthmoving. This is a decent contract rate, but double that when you go over (this is where the contractors make millions).
-This is a recipe for traffic gridlock in the city centre.
-Over the past 50 years we have witnessed the cost of motoring (per km) drop excessively. Cars have never been cheaper to own and operate, due to increased reliability, fuel efficiency and reliable road networks. This trend is reversing, for once we should apply some anticipatory design principles.
One word - trains. Start thinking about them. The infrastructure is fossilised, but still exists. We should take advantage of this now! Begin with regional service on existing lines, extend to interurban with a station at the airport (the tracks already lie in nearby Grand Lake) and service to Sydney via Truro and New Glasgow.
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