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Left turn to Tuggeranong…

By 19 April 2012 14

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Walking down Northbourne this arvo something about the large roadsign on the southbound side just before Cooyong St / Barry Drive caught my attention. This says:

    - Straight ahead: Woden, Queanbeyan, Cooma
    - Right turn: Belconnen
    - Left turn: Glebe Park, Tuggeranong

What? Straight ahead for Cooma but turn left for Tuggers? Does this make sense to any RAers?

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14 Responses to Left turn to Tuggeranong…
#1
winter10:43 am, 19 Apr 12

The left turn takes you to Parks Way which is the quickest way to Tuggeranong. Although you could go forward and then cut through new Acton as well.

#2
Holden Caulfield10:47 am, 19 Apr 12

winter said :

The left turn takes you to Parks Way which is the quickest way to Tuggeranong. Although you could go forward and then cut through new Acton as well.

Yes, of course.

By the way, which would be the quickest way to Cooma from that sign?

#3
djk10:56 am, 19 Apr 12

Holden Caulfield said :

By the way, which would be the quickest way to Cooma from that sign?

Really clutching at straws, but maybe Adelaide Ave/Yamba then Hindmarsh to Monaro is what they are suggesting??

#4
madamcholet10:56 am, 19 Apr 12

It’s not an error, but is misleading in some ways. We live in Tuggers and when trying to explain the quickest way to get to us, we actually get people to turn off towards Majura and hit the Monaro.

There’s another sign as you go down towards Woden that tells unsuspecting newbies to town to leave the road and take the Cotter turn off to get to Tuggeranong – when you could just stay on the same road and get there in exactly the same timeframe – if not quicker as the new sign takes you eventually to the Tuggers Parkway which may or may not have it’s seemingly daily accident happening.

My Mother in law and sister in law are the worst offenders in the world for not following our directions and getting taken in by these signs – even though we say repeatedly “IGNORE THE SIGNS”.

#5
Jivrashia10:58 am, 19 Apr 12

winter said :

takes you to Parks Way which is the quickest way to Tuggeranong.

Very good. There’s even a sign at the big roundabout on Parkes Way indicating which way to Tuggers.

Holden Caulfield said :

By the way, which would be the quickest way to Cooma from that sign?

I would have said Parkes Way / Morshead Dve on to Monaro Hwy as there are less traffic lights that way.

#6
stormboy11:03 am, 19 Apr 12

winter said :

“……”The left turn takes you to Parks Way which is the quickest way to Tuggeranong. Although you could go forward and then cut through new Acton as well.”

Yes, of course.

By the way, which would be the quickest way to Cooma from that sign?……”

I guess it is suggesting Commo Ave, State Ccl, Canberra Ave and Monaro Hwy

#7
Grail11:23 am, 19 Apr 12

Of course the actual fastest way to Tuggeranong from that sign is to turn right, then left onto Clunies Ross, avoiding the traffic lights controlling the Canberra Centre parking and scoring a drive past the Botanic Gardens and Yarramundi Reach as a bonus. Shaves two to six minutes off the travel time, assuming road rules are observed. The signposted route is longer by a few minutes but is easier for visitors to navigate,

Quickest way to Cooma from that sign is the signposted route via Commonwealth Avenue, through Manuka, past the railway station, to the Monaro Highway.

#8
trevar12:00 pm, 19 Apr 12

Any notion of time is speculative; you could go any of the three directions and get to Tuggeranong before too long, and the equation comes down to which part of Tuggeranong you’re heading for anyway.

I would assume speed isn’t the guiding factor, but simplicity. For visitors (who must be the main target audience for signs like this) it seems to me that straight ahead would be the better option, as that route takes you directly to Tuggeranong without turning again (although you would have to watch the signs at the mildly confusing Woden roundabout in order to stay on Yamba Drive). Turning left is almost as good, as it requires only one turn, a veering left at Glenloch and the right turns to Tuggeranong Town Centre are hard to miss. Turning right and taking Clunies Ross might be quicker, but not as easy as the other two options if you’re not familiar with the roads.

And if you wanted to take the scenic route, you could make a u-turn, head up the Barton Highway, down the Hume, do a lap of Melbourne using the M80 and M1, east along the Prince’s Highway, hang a left at Cann River and arrive at Tuggeranong from the other direction :-)

#9
FioBla12:24 pm, 19 Apr 12

madamcholet said :

There’s another sign as you go down towards Woden that tells unsuspecting newbies to town to leave the road and take the Cotter turn off to get to Tuggeranong – when you could just stay on the same road and get there in exactly the same timeframe – if not quicker as the new sign takes you eventually to the Tuggers Parkway which may or may not have it’s seemingly daily accident happening.

Might be just me. But after 1.5 years, I still find the merge from Cotter Road to Tuggeranong Parkway to be fairly dangerous. Not a good way to introduce newcomers to Canberra.

Map: http://g.co/maps/vkfa9

#10
jsm20902:00 pm, 19 Apr 12

FioBla said :

madamcholet said :

Might be just me. But after 1.5 years, I still find the merge from Cotter Road to Tuggeranong Parkway to be fairly dangerous. Not a good way to introduce newcomers to Canberra.

Map: http://g.co/maps/vkfa9

Never found this to be a problem; If I’m merging I make sure I have my indicator on well before joining The Parkway, and that I’m doing 100kph. If I’m heading south I just keep out of the left lane to allow people in. I feel the southbound merging lane from Lady Denman/Forest Drive onto The Parkway is more dangerous.

#11
caf2:32 pm, 19 Apr 12

It’s suggesting straight ahead to Cooma going down Commonwealth Avenue, Capital Circle, Canberra Avenue, Monaro Highway. This is following National Route 23.

It’s suggesting left to Tuggeranong going down Cooyong St, right at Parkes Way then down the Tuggeranong Parkway – note that it’s heading for the Tuggeranong Town Centre.

#12
Holden Caulfield3:02 pm, 19 Apr 12

caf said :

It’s suggesting straight ahead to Cooma going down Commonwealth Avenue, Capital Circle, Canberra Avenue, Monaro Highway. This is following National Route 23.

It’s suggesting left to Tuggeranong going down Cooyong St, right at Parkes Way then down the Tuggeranong Parkway – note that it’s heading for the Tuggeranong Town Centre.

I think that’s the best explanation so far.

Not needing to travel to Cooma or Tuggeranong all that often I had assumed it was sending Tuggeranong traffic to Monaro Hwy, via Parkes Way, in which case this would make as much sense to direct Cooma traffic the same way.

FWIW, Google says it is 8.2km/13min to get to the Monaro Hwy via Comm Ave/King Edward Tce and 9.6km/14 min to go via Parkes Way/Morshead Drive.

Lucky we’re solving the big issues here on RA!

#13
bd8411:19 pm, 19 Apr 12

I think putting a four-way arrow to indicate the many different ways to Tuggeranong could prove a little confusing for motorists..

#14
Sandman11:04 pm, 20 Apr 12

Why would you want to go to Tuggeranong? They should have just left it off.

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