It seems the Commonwealth Bridge on Parkes Way is becoming a magnet for stuck trucks.
In October last year a truck hauling an excavator blocked the Parkes Way tunnel for two days, leading to a $1.2 million insurance bill.
On Thursday another one carrying a large prefabricated concrete wall slab became wedged under the bridge.
The truck shut down one westbound [...]
ACT Policing will focus its road safety efforts in May on the territory’s worst intersections for collisions and has released a top ten list to assist drivers in preventing such accidents in future.
More than half of all collisions on ACT roads occur at intersections, according to ACT Policing, with many drivers disregarding traffic controls such [...]
ACT Roads Minister Mick Gentleman says the truck that caused the Acton tunnel collapse yesterday morning did not have the required permit for oversized vehicles/loads.
Mr Gentleman told ABC Radio that ACT Policing were still investigating the incident and it was a matter for them whether to press charges against the driver or his employer and [...]
A 1km exclusion zone has been established around Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way to manage asbestos risk after its collapse this morning. Emergency services are advising Canberrans to expect delays on our roads this afternoon (see below for details of redirections).
The tunnel collapsed after an excavator on the back of a loader ripped 60 metres [...]
Surprised it hasn’t been mentioned on here, but the other day there was a media release saying that the west bound work on the Parkes Way widening will be finished before the end of the month.
When I first heard it I thought they must have been mistaken as quite clearly the bridge over Sullivans Creek [...]
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a temporary road closure of westbound lanes of Pasrkes Way and a nearby car park for the Triathlon ACT January Festival 2014.
The westbound lanes of Parkes Way between Kimgs Avenue and Glenloch Interchange will be closed from 6am to 12.30pm Sunday 19 January [...]
The ABC has a fascinating story of the Noel Butlin Archives at ANU which is built into the space we know of as the Parkes Way tunnel:
More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus.
ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure [...]
From the invincible TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of an upcoming road closure in for the Ironman 70.3 Canberra 2013 event.
The following closures will occur from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday 15 December 2013:
– Parkes Way westbound between Kings Avenue and Glenloch Interchange
– Coppins Crossing [...]
TAMS are warning of the impacts of their seemingly interminable Parkes Way road widening:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that there will be temporary road closures along Lady Denman Drive and Clunies Ross Street on Tuesday 29 October 2013 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Lady Denman Drive will remain [...]
Driving east on Parkes Way this morning, I noticed (at least) two poles in the median, each with two cameras on them.
They look like fixed speed cameras, but there’s no signs and no talk of such.
Any ideas, hivemind?
Good news everybody!
Parkes Way should become a little less congested from today with a new lane opening up between Clunies Ross Street bridge and Glenloch Station.
The additional lane was constructed as part of the $14.7 million Parkes Way widening project which will increase the capacity of Parkes Way between Glenloch Interchange and Edinburgh Avenue.
Cyclists will [...]
ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision which occurred early this morning (Monday December 10).
Around 5.15am, police attended a collision on Parkes Way after a car rolled-over near the off-ramp to Clunies Ross Street, Acton.
When they arrived at the scene police found a black Honda Accord down an embankment with one man trapped inside [...]
So there I was, motoring home along Parkes Way about 6pm this afternoon. As I went under the Kings Avenue overpass I noticed the passenger in the little green s***box in front of me stick his forearm out the window a little. I thought he was playing the old kids game of balancing his hand [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are warning that finishing off the Nishi apartment building is going to take some road changes in the vicinity:
The initial stage of road works will realign the eastbound Parkes Way off-ramp to assist with the installation of traffic lights on Edinburgh Avenue adjacent to the Nishi development.
Speed reductions of 40 kilometres [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s handed over the contract for the $13 million Parkes Way widening to Woden Contractors:
“The $13 million Parkes Way widening project will benefit all Canberrans and see the construction of a third lane from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue, which will increase the capacity of the road and in turn [...]
There is quite a bit of planning that goes in to lighting a road tunnel, you see the aim is to ensure that drivers approaching the tunnel have sufficient visibility so as to avoid potential obstacles both on the entrance and exit of the tunnel.
During the daytime this requires quite a bit of [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s calling for tenders to widen Parkes Way from the Glenlock Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue.
The Parkes Way widening project, which is due to commence in May 2012, will see the construction of a third lane in each direction from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue.
“This is a great project set [...]
Kazza the Blank One has sent in this gem with the following note:
Taken last friday night after the heaviest of the rain (it was still raining, hence the crappy iPhone pics instead of being taken on a real camera)
6 pics, stitched with “Autostitch” on the phone
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with [...]
ACT Policing has caught a 23-year-old man travelling 149km/h in an 80km zone along Parkes Way early this morning (Monday, January 16).
Around 6am police recorded the man travelling 69km/h over the speed limit. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice and fined $1,811 and lost six demerit points off his licence.
In another incident, on [...]
At 5.30pm today I was riding my motorcycle along Parkes Way and as I approached the large roundabout at Civic I noticed a car stopped in the fast lane at an angle. There were no other cars but the hazard lights were on and traffic was slowing to move around it. As I rode past [...]
Having triumphantly opened the Kings Avenue Overpass not very long ago the National Capital Authority has today announced that they will, in fact, have to do more work on it.
The top asphalt wearing course will be laid on Parkes Way and Morshead Drive on Thursday 6 October and Friday 7 October and Tuesday 11 [...]
A 30-year-old man was injured and his car windscreen was damaged after an object struck his vehicle early this morning (Tuesday, August 2).
Around 4.30am, the man was driving southbound along Parkes Way when an object, believed to be a lump of concrete, struck his vehicle as he was travelling under the footbridge between Allara Street [...]
AndyM has send in this snippet from YouTube posted with this note:
I finally decided to use that Intervalometer function to burn some shutter actuations. Choosing the most traffic and the best time can be interesting. I figured this would give a reasonable shot of the sky and traffic, but it would have been nice to [...]
The National Capital Authority has the happy news that:
The east-bound lanes of Parkes Way and Morshead Drive at the new Kings Avenue overpass will come into operation tomorrow.
From around midday, traffic travelling from the city towards the airport, will flow under the newly constructed bridge.
This follows changed traffic arrangements last week that allowed [...]
Last week we marvelled at heroic road repairs in Japan.
Over the weekend I was reminded that Canberra too had a case of roads unzipping last December during the floods.
Sadly three months later our repair effort, as seen above, have lacked Japanese efficiency or urgency.
Looking for the girl who rear-ended my car. YBJ 87L (I think).
Two notes in from Territory and Municipal Services:
1. Parkes Way closed for the Triathlon:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the following sections of Parkes Way will be closed from 6 am to 3 pm on Sunday 9 January 2011 due to the Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships:
• Westbound between Anzac [...]
The National Capital Authority is giving notice that their perpetual roadwork on Anzac Parade is resuming bringing more misery to users of that road.
Water barriers will be installed tomorrow on the Parkes Way roundabout, in preparation for major roadwork at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue.
National Capital Authority Executive Director, Alison Walker-Kaye [...]
TAMS are advising that they have to close a slip lane linking Parkes Way to Civic:
Works include: Closure of existing slip lane and temporary suspension of left turn onto Parkes Way eastbound from Edinburgh Avenue. This closure is required for the construction of a new slip lane at the Parkes Way eastbound on ramp. Motorists [...]
The National Capital Authority is warning that they’re taking another go at getting the bridge built for the Kings Avenue overpass of Parkes Way this Saturday:
230 truck loads of concrete will be poured continuously over 10 hours, from 6.30am.
For public safety, an exclusion zone has been set up around the construction site. The public [...]
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The National Capital Authority is warning that they’re having a go at building a bridge over Parkes Way at the Russell Roundabout on Saturday and suggest finding another route:
The main temporary traffic diversions and arrangements will include:
– Traffic from the city-side to the airport will be diverted from the [...]