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Snowy road closures – UPDATED

By johnboy - 21 July 2013 24

This just in from TAMS:

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the dirt section of Brindabella Road is now closed due to snow.

The following roads remain closed:

— Corin Dam Road (from Woods Reserve)
— Bendora Dam Road
— Mount Franklin Road
— Angle Crossing.


UPDATE: And more as of 11.40am:

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the following roads remain closed due to adverse weather conditions:

— Brindabella Road (dirt section of the road only)
— Boboyan Road (4WD access only)
— Corin Road (from Woods Reserve)
— Bendora Dam Road
— Mount Franklin Road
— Angle Crossing.

Corin Forest Mountain Recreation is closed and will remain closed throughout the weekend.

Canberra residents are advised to check for road and park closures before heading out to the Territory’s parks and reserves.

What’s Your opinion?


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24 Responses to
Snowy road closures – UPDATED
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Pork Hunt 1:11 pm
21 Jul 13
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Deref 1:41 pm
21 Jul 13
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Pork Hunt said :

Tha nanny state strikes again.

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like. And the government must provide services to come and rescue you when you do.

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Ben_Dover 1:51 pm
21 Jul 13
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Deref said :

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like.

What, like visit the Canberra “snowplay” are you mean.

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JC 1:57 pm
21 Jul 13
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Where is Angle Crossing? I can only find an Angle Crossing Road on good old google and that road extends from the Monaro Highway to Smiths Road. I wouldn’t have thought that snow would effect that area as it is not all that high in fact it as it crosses the Murrumbidgee it is actually quite low.

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johnboy 2:05 pm
21 Jul 13
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Brindabella Road now open

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Deref 2:17 pm
21 Jul 13
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Ben_Dover said :

Deref said :

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like.

What, like visit the Canberra “snowplay” are you mean.

AFAICR, when it’s safe to open the roads to the snow playgrounds, they’re open.

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CraigT 2:26 pm
21 Jul 13
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JC said :

Where is Angle Crossing? I can only find an Angle Crossing Road on good old google and that road extends from the Monaro Highway to Smiths Road. I wouldn’t have thought that snow would effect that area as it is not all that high in fact it as it crosses the Murrumbidgee it is actually quite low.

That is a fairly deep crossing. Any decent precipitation upstream and it can become a trap for careless motorists.

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wildturkeycanoe 3:45 pm
21 Jul 13
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It’s just a way to get everyone who wants to go to the snow buy more fuel, drive all the way to Cooma and beyond and then pay to get into the national park. Money grabbing. Imagine if it snowed in Canberra itself, what would the government do, block every road in the ACT??
If you have snow chains, a 4×4 , then why shouldn’t you be allowed to access a road that is usually always open to the public? Also, isn’t the dirt section of the Brindabella road in N.S.W? How can the A.C.T government close something they don’t have jurisdiction over?

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Pork Hunt 4:20 pm
21 Jul 13
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Deref said :

Pork Hunt said :

Tha nanny state strikes again.

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like. And the government must provide services to come and rescue you when you do.

As it happens, I drive a Land Rover Defender so more than likely, I would be doing the rescuing… :-)

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KB1971 5:18 pm
21 Jul 13
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Deref said :

Pork Hunt said :

Tha nanny state strikes again.

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like. And the government must provide services to come and rescue you when you do.

Right, like so many people died before 2003 when this regime of road closing came about because of danger from falling trees.

They close them to preserve the roads apparently but then that doesn’t explain Corin Rd which is sealed.

I call nanny state too when it comes to this. Up until 2003 we used to live in the Brindies, riding motorbikes, camping and enjoying the area for what it was. Winter was special because we could drive all the way to Ginini and guess what? The world didn’t implode and the road didn’t fall off the side of the mountain.

Yep, close the fire trials which are more susceptible to damage but leave the main road open so families can enjoy a bit of snow in their own backyard.

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KB1971 5:24 pm
21 Jul 13
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Pork Hunt said :

Deref said :

Pork Hunt said :

Tha nanny state strikes again.

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like. And the government must provide services to come and rescue you when you do.

As it happens, I drive a Land Rover Defender so more than likely, I would be doing the rescuing… :-)

I will give you that one, one of the best 4WD’s out of the box when they are not broken. 😛

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c_c™ 5:55 pm
21 Jul 13
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CraigT said :

JC said :

Where is Angle Crossing? I can only find an Angle Crossing Road on good old google and that road extends from the Monaro Highway to Smiths Road. I wouldn’t have thought that snow would effect that area as it is not all that high in fact it as it crosses the Murrumbidgee it is actually quite low.

That is a fairly deep crossing. Any decent precipitation upstream and it can become a trap for careless motorists.

Even without, I’ve crossed it a couple of times in a 2WD sedan without a problem, but wouldn’t have dared the other day. I think the new intake for the pumping station next to it has changed the water flows. I didn’t try it, and even the guy in front in a Land Cruiser 70 looked nervous, got half way across, opened his door and realised he was in trouble before managing to get out.

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PrinceOfAles 6:48 pm
21 Jul 13
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I went for a drive up to Bulls Head this arvo and there was heaps of snow everywhere. The road wasn`t too bad either, a little muddy but fine for a 2 wheel drive if driven carefully. It was really quite beautiful up there.

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460cixy 8:04 pm
21 Jul 13
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Yup normal bs I just sneak up throu the bush in the defender. Avoid the pubes in there subaroos and sparks&wildfires in there hiluxes

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Grimm 11:37 pm
21 Jul 13
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Deref said :

Ben_Dover said :

Deref said :

Yes. You should be allowed to do whatever stupid or dangerous things you like.

What, like visit the Canberra “snowplay” are you mean.

AFAICR, when it’s safe to open the roads to the snow playgrounds, they’re open.

Well, in this case, the nanny state call is entirely justified.

I drove up to Corin and arrived just before 8am. The road was closed from Woods reserve, so I parked there. I walked up Corin road all the way to Corin forest, and the road was completely free of ice and snow. There was no reason for it to be closed at all.

I’d say there were a couple of hundred disappointed families(it was busy as hell), and for no good reason. Though there was a little snow around Woods reserve, there was an absolute heap up at Corin forest, only a couple of KM further up the road. It was no less safe up there than between Tidbinbilla road and where Corin road was closed. Typical in the ACT though. The fun police are out in force.

Aside from that, you gotta feel for the poor bastard running Corin forest. He would have made an absolute killing in the cafe today, and in the snowplay area. From what I hear, he needs all the money he can get to keep the place alive. TAMS are certainly not helping that struggling business by unnecessarily closing off access to it for no good reason.

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