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William Hovell Drive – now 80kmh

By 19 April 2012 36

So it seems like in the Government’s infinite wisdom, that they have decreased the speed limit on William Hovell Dve east of the Interchange, from 90kmh to 80kmh.

Now, that by itself is annoying an perplexing, however, just a short distance east, on Parkes Way, the limit is still 90kmh – on what can only be described as a busier road, with less visibility etc…

I would love to know the basis of this decision – is it based purely on theory? Are their accident stats that have been determined as being too high for that stretch of road? Or is it a political decision to continue to decrease speeds?

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36 Responses to William Hovell Drive – now 80kmh
#31
Heavs2:35 pm, 19 Apr 12

p1 said :

The speed humps are there because the new part of Macgregor means a heap of people (and construction workers) for whom Spofforth St was the shortest route south. Obviously it is in the interests of the residents that the traffic run along the main road designed for it and not their quiet street. It might have been easier to just block off Spofforth entirely somewhere near Southern Cross Drive…

You’d think that the residents of Spofforth would have lobbied for the traffic calming. Helps in your lobby efforts when the former Deputy Chief Minister is directly affected i guess.

#32
dono9:22 pm, 19 Apr 12
#33
Nightshade10:23 pm, 19 Apr 12

p1 said :

The speed humps are there because the new part of Macgregor means a heap of people (and construction workers) for whom Spofforth St was the shortest route south. Obviously it is in the interests of the residents that the traffic run along the main road designed for it and not their quiet street.

Except now they just drive through other streets in Holt to get to Drake-Brockman Drive.

#34
smont10:43 pm, 19 Apr 12

It’s almost cosmetic to change speed limit signs in Canberra. We know the roads are not going to be policed (apart from the slow-down-when-you-see-them white vans), so why would you? Putting the speeds down from 100 Kph to 80 Kph in both directions on Canberra Ave between Canberra and Queanbeyan, for example, has changed nothing …

#35
Muttsybignuts11:24 pm, 19 Apr 12

KeenGolfer said :

p1 said :

AAMC said :

Thumper said :

Has anyone seen the debacle that is Spofforth St in Holt?

Ah yes, death by a thousand speed bumps.

Thirteen actually, I counted.

AAMC said :

Actually that is a massive pain; especially when heavy vehicles are trying to get to the west Belconnen industrial area. So most vehicles are either going past Kippax or through the small housing estate behind the gold course. So effectively, they have pushed more traffic (heavy traffic) through higher density and higher pedestrian traffic areas.

I think that they are actually pushing most traffic down Southern Cross Drive and along Kingsford Smith, which is designed to be a much busier road. Although, since Spofforth St is the same speed limit as Southern Cross, it should be equally as safe, yes?

No. Spofforth St is a 50 zone, not 60. The reason for the speed bumps is because of people regularly driving at 70+ (and much higher) in a residential 50 zone. Before the speed humps the morning traffic from Macgregor along Spofforth during peak hour would literally race along there.

Yeah, now the speeding traffic has just moved to Beaurepaire Crescent which runs paralellish to Spofforth. Any day now Beaurepaire will be “speed bumped” and the hoons will move to the next one ( which i imagine is Starke St). Whoever plans these things isn’t very bright.

#36
taninaus6:44 am, 20 Apr 12

dono said :

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/late-call-on-william-hovel-speed-change-20120419-1x9i0.html

for safety reasons.

I thought Megan Doherty was an experienced jurno at CT but you have to wonder after this article! our Chief Minister is reduced to A spokeswoman for Territory and Municipal Services Minister Katy Gallagher”is reduced to “a spokeswoman” with a passing reference to being a minister but not in the usual format, and the same for Alistair Coe, where Gary Byles and Andrew Leigh get the more formal titles. The reference to Katy and Alistair are much more coloquial and familiar.

On the road speed – silly nanny state strikes again – sure there are a few intersections that are trouble but why not just reduce speed for that section or install something else to slow the traffic a little around these spots.

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