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Road closures due to snow

By johnboy - 10 June 2009 35

A reliable source has sent in the following info out of Roads ACT to do with snow related road closures:

    The following road closures have been put in place by Roads ACT until further notice:

    Bobyan Road; closed to all vehicle except 4 x 4’s.

    Corin Road closed to all traffic at Wood Reserve. (No access to Corin Ski Lodge)

    Brindabella Road; closed to all but local traffic.

    Closures are the result of heavy snow in the areas mentioned.

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Road closures due to snow
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ant 11:58 am
10 Jun 09
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There’s quite deep snow on the Brown Mountain road, too, although it’s probably cleared/melted by now. Bombala/Nimmitabel got quite a good fall, and Cooma was all white this morning. Up around Oberon they got good falls, too.

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TP 3000 12:11 pm
10 Jun 09
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If you got through to Bombala the snow can’t be that good. In the past, whenever my mother drove down to Nimmitabel to pick my brother & I from our Grandfathers in Nimmitabel. It would ALWAYS snow & quite a few times the highway was shut at Cooma. We would always meet our mother at the home of a friends of the family in Cooma. So our Grandfather would drive from Nimmitabel to Cooma & be unaware of the road closure until he saw the Police blocking traffic on the Cooma border. He would then have to spend the night at the family friends place.

But once when a blizzard came up from Antarctica, snow stayed on the sides of the Monaro Highway for a month or two. So hopefully some of it is still there, so I can get down there on the weekend.

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mother of many 12:32 pm
10 Jun 09
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PLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ pleeeeeeeeeez pleeeez can somebody post pix of the snow on the mountains (wait, make that pix of snow anywhere in Canberra fresh-fallen last night)- I am stuck inside with sick kids and looove seeing the snow on the hills (yeh, I know: small things amuse small minds…)

Thankyou! (I hope)

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ant 12:49 pm
10 Jun 09
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If people knew how to drive in snow (ie, carefully) they woudln’t have to close roads for a few flakes.

Many years ago, I left Guthega Carpark early evening in the midweek, to head home. The road was pretty deep in snow, even at the lowest point. But where the road joins the Perisher Road, they’d stuck a black and yellow fence up with a flashing light, saying “road closed”! Bloody hell.

So I sat there and debated turning back, and ringing work to say, truthfully, that the road was closed and I was stuck. But in the end I got the fence out of the way, drove onto Perisher Rd, and put the fence back. I hope I gained some good karma for that.

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DarkLadyWolfMother 1:04 pm
10 Jun 09
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I’m with ant on this one. Having driven during heavy snows in the US, in a two wheel drive car with no snow chains (They’re banned in many places, as they screw the road up), it amazes me what closes a road here. I once did a trip from Black Springs to Goulburn through snow that 4WD’s were turning back from (again, I was in a small 2WD car) and I had no issues at all.

Having said that, I’ve seen what inexperienced or stupid drivers can do when they hit snow/ice… I don’t want to be around them when that happens.

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peterh 1:12 pm
10 Jun 09
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what would happen if it was snow on the ground here in canberra? many of the local yahoos would be permanently carless. or possibly, lifeless. snow driving is like nothing else. when at the snow, the sickening feeling that the long slide ends in a pole is enough for me to drive at 10kph. idiot drivers who have never been on snow think they can do 60. I watch them slide past.

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Ceej1973 1:13 pm
10 Jun 09
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Took my newly purchased Subaru (dual range)up to brindies a decade ago for some picks in the freshly fallen snow. Driving along Mt Franklin Rd at sensible speed, when this clown in a 2wd Sigma, comes flogging it around a moderate bend in track, 1 foot deep in slush. I pull over to far left, steep drop just a foot away, and the clown in the 2wd sticks foot on brakes, slides in slush for a good 50m and takes out the side of my car. Luckily another driver (4wd) and the Ranger happened to see his driving habits, and acted as witnessess for his part in the repair bills. Point being, if you cant drive to the conditions, no matter how confident you are in rally driving, dont go there. You just spoil a perfectly wonderful day and vehicle (or two), and end up annoying beaurocrats who decide to close roads so the sensible ones amongst us can’t enjoy.

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kathysav 2:04 pm
10 Jun 09
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Where can you learn to drive in snow? Is there a course you can take?

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Jivrashia 2:13 pm
10 Jun 09
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Ceej1973 wrote:

Ceej1973 said :

Took my newly purchased Subaru (dual range)up to brindies a decade ago

Just the sort of car I was thinking of getting myself! Else you can’t get around the other half of ACT (i.e. the ranges)

kathysav wrote:

kathysav said :

Where can you learn to drive in snow? Is there a course you can take?

Course?? Yes, Corin Rd would be a good start. You start by learning to cope with your back wheels having a mind of its own.

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Gungahlin Al 2:28 pm
10 Jun 09
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kathysav said :

Where can you learn to drive in snow? Is there a course you can take?

I organised a 4WD course through a TAFE 7 years back for all us local Landcare coordinators – highly recommended. Learn things you’d never know, like starting in gear, self-rescue. And yes it snowed during the practical session that had a slipping and sliding down some woeful mountain trails. Hats off to the guys running the course who put up their own 4WDs for us all to use…

(Thumper: where do the SES folk go for their tickets?)

And my old Forester has been into (and through) some very hairy places.

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ant 2:28 pm
10 Jun 09
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kathysav said :

Where can you learn to drive in snow? Is there a course you can take?

You just go find some snow, be careful, and feel the road, get a feel for what you can and can’t do. I learned the hard way, driving to/from Guthega (and Thredbo sometimes) and they hadn’t ploughed the road. People in 4WDs who think they can flog along on ice annoy me, because it doesn’t matter WHAT you’re driving: on ice, you are in trouble (unless you have studded tyres which are hard/impossible to find here). Ice can often lurk under the snowy surface too. And on bridges!

Americans have it all over us for snow driving. Their Interstates often get very snowy, and the yanks just take it in their stride.

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peterh 2:53 pm
10 Jun 09
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ant said :

kathysav said :

Where can you learn to drive in snow? Is there a course you can take?

You just go find some snow, be careful, and feel the road, get a feel for what you can and can’t do. I learned the hard way, driving to/from Guthega (and Thredbo sometimes) and they hadn’t ploughed the road. People in 4WDs who think they can flog along on ice annoy me, because it doesn’t matter WHAT you’re driving: on ice, you are in trouble (unless you have studded tyres which are hard/impossible to find here). Ice can often lurk under the snowy surface too. And on bridges!

Americans have it all over us for snow driving. Their Interstates often get very snowy, and the yanks just take it in their stride.

it has always amused me to see someone who has never driven on ice / snow go sliding past me with a look of abject fear as they desperately try everything to stop. swinging the steering wheel, jamming on the anchors, hehehe. all amusing attempts, but not going to help… want to learn to drive on snow and ice? go to a car park in the snowys out of season, after they have had either early or late snow, and drive to the conditions.

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Pommy bastard 3:30 pm
10 Jun 09
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Corin Road closed to all traffic at Wood Reserve. (No access to Corin Ski Lodge)

Snow cuts off the ski lodge….

Anyone note the irony?

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ant 3:56 pm
10 Jun 09
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and yet that lodge, and other huts, were built decades ago, when there was far heavier snows, and yet somehow, they got to them.

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Pommy bastard 4:12 pm
10 Jun 09
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Didn’t have H&S to worry themselves sick over us enjoying ourselves in those days?

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