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Buggering with the lights on Barry Drive

By 15 November 2012 5

The ACT Government wishes to remind motorists and other road users of the temporary traffic changes on Barry Drive until 6 pm Wednesday 28 November 2012.

The city bound right turning lane into Clunies Ross Street has been closed to allow for the upgrade of the intersection.

Motorists are reminded that the Barry Drive city bound bus lane has been made available to motorists to ease congestion at the intersection. Electronic variable messaging boards have been installed to alert motorists to the changes.

[Courtesy TAMS]

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5 Responses to Buggering with the lights on Barry Drive
#1
Felix the Cat4:10 pm, 15 Nov 12

The next set of lights at the intersection of McCaughey St/Barry Dr/North Rd seem to be on a timer now rather than going off the sensor in the road. I’ve been stopped by them several times at 5am and have to wait until they go through all the cycles before going green, even though there was no other traffic around.

#2
beejay765:18 pm, 15 Nov 12

Oh my god, that @#!$ing Clunies Ross intersection! Is there anyone alive today that remembers that days Before Intersection Upgrade (BIU)? Every time they dig up something that they just filled in I get the urge to leap out of my vehicle and commit random acts of arson. I wonder if I can complain to the government that the daily observation of such extreme inefficiency is causing me mental health issues and ask them to pay for counselling? I don’t think I remember what it looked like BIU. Were there really terrible problems? coz there are now.

#3
smcphill9:09 pm, 15 Nov 12

beejay76 said :

Oh my god, that @#!$ing Clunies Ross intersection! Is there anyone alive today that remembers that days Before Intersection Upgrade (BIU)? Every time they dig up something that they just filled in I get the urge to leap out of my vehicle and commit random acts of arson. I wonder if I can complain to the government that the daily observation of such extreme inefficiency is causing me mental health issues and ask them to pay for counselling? I don’t think I remember what it looked like BIU. Were there really terrible problems? coz there are now.

The ‘Related Content’ section has an article (http://the-riotact.com/barry-drive-and-clunies-ross-to-be-upgraded/61994) from Dec 2011 about the commencement of the roadworks… feels like longer than 11 months to me though. Hard to see them completing before this time next year, based on current progress.

#4
JC7:34 am, 16 Nov 12

Felix the Cat said :

The next set of lights at the intersection of McCaughey St/Barry Dr/North Rd seem to be on a timer now rather than going off the sensor in the road. I’ve been stopped by them several times at 5am and have to wait until they go through all the cycles before going green, even though there was no other traffic around.

It is a tad hard to have in road sensors when you are digging up the road. Though O/S (UK in particular) the lights have a motion sensor so this doesn’t become an issue. Some of the roadworks temporary lights also have them.

I really cannot work out some of these improvements though, especially coming out of the city towards Belco, in particular the bridge across the stormwater channel. Looking at everything they did on the city side I would have thought they would add an extra lane to the bridge (which is what it looks like they are doing on the city bound side), but alas they haven’t. So it is still going to be 3 lanes, one of which will presumably be a bus lane. Afterall isn’t this what these roadworks are all about?

#5
ML-58512:50 pm, 16 Nov 12

JC said :

I really cannot work out some of these improvements though, especially coming out of the city towards Belco, in particular the bridge across the stormwater channel. Looking at everything they did on the city side I would have thought they would add an extra lane to the bridge (which is what it looks like they are doing on the city bound side), but alas they haven’t. So it is still going to be 3 lanes, one of which will presumably be a bus lane. After all isn’t this what these roadworks are all about?

Not quite. The main bus lane being added is for Belconnen to City traffic. What’s happening at Barry Drive/Kingsley St is the modification of the intersection to provide a slip-lane from Kingsley into Barry. The bridge over Sullivan’s Creek will go back to being 3 lanes in both directions; the two left lanes of Barry Drive (westbound) will form one lane just after the Kingsley St intersection allowing for the slip lane. There may be a fourth lane/bus lane added after the bridge.

A diagram of the changes can be found here: http://www.transport.act.gov.au/Belconnen%20to%20City%20Transitway%20-%20City%20Sector.pdf

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