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Tuggers Rejoice! Athllon Drive Duplication Complete!

By johnboy - 19 June 2009 24

Jon Stanhope is proud to announce that the duplication of Athllon Drive through the Tuggeranong Town Centre has now been completed.

The rest of the associated works are on target for completion later this month.

    “This $2 million project sees the completion of the Athllon Drive duplication through the Tuggeranong Town Centre,” Mr Stanhope said. “The three-kilometre loop between Drakeford Drive (north) to Drakeford Drive (south) is now dual carriageway.

    “The new road will ease traffic congestion and improve the safety of this busy thoroughfare, which is used by 20,000 vehicles every day.

    “Road users can also expect better access to the Tuggeranong Town Centre and the new suburb of Bonython West.

    “Importantly, the works included on-road cycle lanes – part of the ACT Government’s commitment to fund cycle lanes on all arterial roads as they are upgraded.

Lucky they managed to get the cycle paths in…

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Tuggers Rejoice! Athllon Drive Duplication Complete!
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peterh 4:18 pm
19 Jun 09
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whoopee. and when you hit athllon drive, it becomes single lane. so does isabella drive. so the only benefit is for the officeworkers in the tuggeranong office park, or the new centrelink building. I have never seen that back road clogged.

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Reprobate 4:51 pm
19 Jun 09
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Yeah, big deal, the traffic volume in the duplicated area doesn’t compare to the single lane between Drakeford and Sulwood Drive. The stretch between the Waniassa shops and Sulwood is virtually a carpark each morning between 8 and 9. Still, why be bothered to ask the Govt to duplicate that stretch when they would probably paint the new lane red and say it’s for buses only…

Oh, and while I’m at it – what other colours should we unneccesarily paint our roads for minority users? Green = bike paths, red = bus lanes; maybe yellow for Floriade tourists and Pink for planning ministers?

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peterh 4:54 pm
19 Jun 09
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Reprobate said :

Yeah, big deal, the traffic volume in the duplicated area doesn’t compare to the single lane between Drakeford and Sulwood Drive. The stretch between the Waniassa shops and Sulwood is virtually a carpark each morning between 8 and 9. Still, why be bothered to ask the Govt to duplicate that stretch when they would probably paint the new lane red and say it’s for buses only…

Oh, and while I’m at it – what other colours should we unneccesarily paint our roads for minority users? Green = bike paths, red = bus lanes; maybe yellow for Floriade tourists and Pink for planning ministers?

and didn’t you think they were going to duplicate that stretch when they closed off athllon? nope. chipsealing…

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miz 5:04 pm
19 Jun 09
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People who actually LIVE in Tuggers don’t use that loop much, as there are so many traffic lights along it . . .

I wish they’d fix the Monaro, so you don’t have to keep merging from three lanes at Isabella, to two, to one lane . . . daft.

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Bronto 5:18 pm
19 Jun 09
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Believe me, it still has bottle necks with all those annoying roundabouts that are so narrow. Stanhope has no idea.

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Thumper 5:21 pm
19 Jun 09
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So, another achievement like the GDE?

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peterh 5:27 pm
19 Jun 09
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Thumper said :

So, another achievement like the GDE?

think tillyard drive round the back of fraser.

this is how much use this section has.

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laughtong 6:54 pm
19 Jun 09
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I live down towards Lanyon, and work at the Tuggeranong Office Park so I use this sectin of road daily. Unfortunately the bit they have just spent heaps of resources on is still clogged in the evenings. 2 lanes merged to one, then merged at the Ankettel Rd roundabout with traffic coming out of Ankettek Rd. Part time traffic lights controlling the flow out to Isbella Drive/Drakeford Drive to assist the southbound traffic on Drakeford Drive. Just wait until the new housing estate is complete – this section of road is still a real mess and will only get worse.
At least this piece of work was actually completed before they crowed about it.

Anyone know how many more months before they finish the duplication of Tharwa Drive? Does not even rate a mention of the Roads ACT website.

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Tooks 7:14 pm
19 Jun 09
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Tharwa Drive won’t be done for months, I’d say. A long way to go by the looks of it.

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Very Busy 7:56 pm
19 Jun 09
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Bronto said :

Believe me, it still has bottle necks with all those annoying roundabouts that are so narrow. Stanhope has no idea.

Agree. The approaches to these roundabouts have been intentionally heavily curved which slows traffic way more than is necessary. This just causes more congestion, more tyre wear and more fuel use. Roundabouts were originally designed to enhance traffic flow, not hinder it. Not sure if it’s Stanhope himself but someone in the ACT Government/Public Service needs a swift kick up the bum.

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Punter 8:00 pm
19 Jun 09
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While it’s taking a while, I think the roadworks on Tharwa Drive is only one effective road upgarde out of many failures which have occurred around Canberra in recent years. I do look forawrd to its completion but I can’t forget the frustration of the GDE, the bridge at the north end of the Monaro as it meets Pialligo Ave and the spaghetti junction at Gelnloch.

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Aeek 8:36 pm
19 Jun 09
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Glenoch was obvious to anyone who thought about it. And yet people call for GDE duplication. That will only make Glenoch worse!

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Thumper 8:46 pm
19 Jun 09
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I would expect that Glenloch would be upgraded as part of the GDE upgrade.

Anything else would be ridiculous.

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Punter 8:51 pm
19 Jun 09
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I’m sure if you have a plate and a handful of cold sapaghetti you too could be an ACT road designer. Just throw one at the other, and not in that order.

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Felix the Cat 8:55 pm
19 Jun 09
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The Flemington Rd duplication in Gungahlin is underway but it looks like it will be a bottleneck too (surprised much?) as it appears to stay one lane each way as it goes through the dogleg near Aussie Junk and also goes back to one lane before the first roundabout near GTC. What is the point of these half-arsed roads? Do the job properly or don’t bother doing it at all. Dual carriagway from Northbourne Ave to GTC is what’s needed. Realign the Northbourne end of Flemington so it meets up with Phillip Ave and build a flyover and reclaim the Flemington bus lane near EPIC for cars not the bi-annual buses that allegedly use it.

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