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Majura Parkway kicks off

By johnboy - 14 January 2013 23

Roads ACT is letting people know they’re getting set to start building the Majura Parkway:

“Preliminary work, such as establishing access for construction vehicles to the future road alignment, is now underway in preparation for major work to begin in February 2013,” Mr Gill said.

“To facilitate this work, traffic signs, controllers and partial lane closures will be implemented this week.

“Traffic controllers will be in place from Wednesday 16 January 2013, directing traffic at the southern end of the alignment on Morshead Drive, Fairbairn Avenue and Monaro Highway, and from Monday 21 January 2013, at the Federal Highway. Traffic control is also expected to be in place at Majura Road in the vicinity of Tambreet Street from the end of January 2013. These arrangements will be in place until the end of February 2013.

“Traffic control signs, including electronic signboards, will be erected at Monaro Highway, Pialligo Avenue, Morshead Drive, Fairbairn Avenue and the Federal Highway advising of changes to speed limits during the project.

“Partial lane closures will also be in place periodically until the end of March at Morshead Drive, Pialligo Avenue and along Majura Road to help manage traffic flow.”

Mr Gill said the preliminary works and associated traffic control measures are not expected to cause traffic delays.

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23 Responses to
Majura Parkway kicks off
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arescarti42 1:07 pm
14 Jan 13
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This road is going to be longer and more expensive than the GDE (by the government’s figures).

Anyone willing to place bets on how long it’ll take and how much it’ll really cost?

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thebrownstreak69 1:14 pm
14 Jan 13
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When’s it due to be finished?

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arescarti42 1:18 pm
14 Jan 13
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thebrownstreak69 said :

When’s it due to be finished?

Mid 2016.

http://www.majuraparkway.act.gov.au

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thebrownstreak69 1:48 pm
14 Jan 13
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arescarti42 said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

When’s it due to be finished?

Mid 2016.

http://www.majuraparkway.act.gov.au

:)

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EvanJames 2:26 pm
14 Jan 13
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I do not believe there’ll be ‘no traffic disruption”. They can’t even get the traffic lights right for traffic going from the airport/Quangers onto Majura Rd. It’s impossible to get through both sets in one go. As the Majura Rd ones come into view, you can see a green arrow, and no one there to use it. It goes orange when you’re about 50 metres away. Then the through traffic on Fairbairn gets a nice long go, especially when there’s no through traffic. Vehicles on or waiting to be on Majura get to sit and watch the empty road, and the green traffic lights.

it’s a shame all the good farm land that’s going to be dug up/piled up for this road. A shame they couldn’t just duplicate the current Majura Road. I hope this is not due to Snow wanting more land for his runway!

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enrique 3:14 pm
14 Jan 13
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Does anyone know if GDE had Federal funding in addition to ACT funding or not?

The Majura Parkway is a Federally Funded project that was costed from day one as a dual carriageway so I doubt we’ll see the schedule and design issues that we saw on the GDE (i.e. no single lane dual lane malarkey this time).

Fingers crossed, they actually might be able to do this one with minimal disruption since it is predominantly a greenfield build…i.e. it is essentally a set of new roads being built, not modifications of old ones… there is a new road starting at the river, then a bridge going over the top of Morshead Dr/Pialligo Ave, then a bridge going over the top of Fairbairn Ave then a new dual road going all the way up to Federal Hwy. About the only things they’ll need to interface with existing roads are on-off ramps… the intersection/old bridge at Pialligo Ave will be the main change…

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2012/May/aa101_2012.aspx

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EvanJames 5:11 pm
14 Jan 13
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Dreading the building of the overpasses though. Pialligo/Fairbairn are major ingress points into Canberra. I wonder if they can better the Fairbairn Park lights which can back up into Quangers, and get the backup right back to Bungendore?

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dtc 5:41 pm
14 Jan 13
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I have lived in Canberra for a long time and I cant remember this many simultaneous roadworks. Perhaps its because they all seem to be around Civic where I go and not in places I never frequent. Still, it seems to be at an all time high. As I sit and watch the traffic bank up along Parkes way and its only the 2nd working week of Jan.

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bigfeet 6:52 pm
14 Jan 13
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dtc said :

I have lived in Canberra for a long time and I cant remember this many simultaneous roadworks. Perhaps its because they all seem to be around Civic where I go and not in places I never frequent. Still, it seems to be at an all time high. As I sit and watch the traffic bank up along Parkes way and its only the 2nd working week of Jan.

There seems to be a large group of workers and managers in Canberra who are very good at starting roadworks…but I don’t think we have the ‘finishing’ team.

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Sandman 7:21 pm
14 Jan 13
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A long overdue project, good to see it kick off. I understand a pretty key tract of land just had its 99 year lease expire which must have been what’s holing up the project.

I’m a little concerned that I can’t see an exit from the northbound lane to go left at Fairbairn avenue though. That would be a royal pain to have only The Morsehead option past Russell to get from Fyshwick to the inner north. I’m hoping someone’s just “forgot” that bit on the video flyovers.

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LSWCHP 7:32 pm
14 Jan 13
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I believe it’s fairly well established that past behaviour and performance is a good predictor of future behaviour and performance.

On that basis, this project may turn out well, but I doubt it. I predict that it will be a colossal goatf*ck, and it will finish around 2 years late, sometime in 2018 and it will be vastly over budget.

I would be glad to be proved wrong, if only because I work in Fyshwick, and anything that bones the traffic flows in and out will cause me no end of heartache every morning and evening. :-(

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steveu 7:39 pm
14 Jan 13
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thebrownstreak69 said :

arescarti42 said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

When’s it due to be finished?

Mid 2016.

http://www.majuraparkway.act.gov.au

:)

Bwahahah! They don’t a expect us to believe this do they?

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Deckard 9:15 pm
14 Jan 13
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dtc said :

I have lived in Canberra for a long time and I cant remember this many simultaneous roadworks. Perhaps its because they all seem to be around Civic where I go and not in places I never frequent. Still, it seems to be at an all time high. As I sit and watch the traffic bank up along Parkes way and its only the 2nd working week of Jan.

I reckon there is one roadwork team in the whole of the ACT and they rotate around the city. Day 1 Parkes Way, Day 2 ANZAC parade, Day 3 Majura Parkway, etc etc, until eventually 2 or 3 weeks later they begin the cycle again.

This way the government can employ minimal people and it can split the money over several budgets.

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Baggy 7:49 am
15 Jan 13
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enrique said :

Fingers crossed, they actually might be able to do this one with minimal disruption since it is predominantly a greenfield build…i.e. it is essentally a set of new roads being built, not modifications of old ones…

Don’t keep your fingers crossed too long, you’ll cut off the circulation to your fingertips.

This is going to be another clusterfcuk, anyone with an iota of common sense knows this. You may have a perfectly valid and logical point about there being minimal disruption due to an entirely new road, but come on, you’ve seen how the muppets in charge of road-building here work.

My tip is for an AMC-styled “completion” about 6 weeks before the 2016 election, with ongoing work out to 2019.

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enrique 8:32 am
15 Jan 13
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Baggy said :

enrique said :

Fingers crossed, they actually might be able to do this one with minimal disruption since it is predominantly a greenfield build…i.e. it is essentally a set of new roads being built, not modifications of old ones…

Don’t keep your fingers crossed too long, you’ll cut off the circulation to your fingertips.

This is going to be another clusterfcuk, anyone with an iota of common sense knows this. You may have a perfectly valid and logical point about there being minimal disruption due to an entirely new road, but come on, you’ve seen how the muppets in charge of road-building here work.

My tip is for an AMC-styled “completion” about 6 weeks before the 2016 election, with ongoing work out to 2019.

=)

Funny because it’s true.

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