Yesterday, I had an appointment in Jerrabomberra at 4pm. Travelling from Kambah, I allowed half an hour, which is plenty of time. Unfortunately, when I reached the roundabout, just before the lights at Mugga Lane and Monaro Highway, there was a policeman redirecting us to go back the way we had come. Thankfully my appointment could be delayed to allow enough time for me to still get there. I took Mugga Lane to Hindmarsh, etc.
On coming back to the Monaro Highway, on Lanyon Drive, 45 minutes later, I saw the traffic was at a standstill heading south, so decided to take the Hindmarsh Drive route. The traffic was backed up all the way back to Hindmarsh Drive–and further to Newcastle Street, Fyshwick (so Mix 106.3 announced)!
Firstly, that was one heck of a traffic jam. Does anyone know what caused it?
Secondly, how often does the Monaro Highway get backed up like that? There must be a lot of people late for picking up children and other appointments. Not to mention the frustration and angst.
Thirdly, why can I not find anything out online about this incident, that occurred yesterday? I was sure there would be something online illuminating the facts.
Lastly, does anyone know when/if the Monaro Highway is planned to be widened to have three lanes in both directions? If I had to travel that road every day, I’d be very cheesed off. There are not enough options for heading to the Tuggeranong Valley to reduce the level of impact that sort of delay has for commuters.