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Andrew Wall goes to bat on the Drakeford Drive overpass

By johnboy 30 January 2013 24

New member for Brindabella is kicking off by asking what the problem is with the peelings pedestrian bridge over Drakeford Drive:

“Large sheets of peeling paint can be seen falling off the bridge onto the road and the bridge itself – this is another example of a poorly finished infrastructure project overseen by ACT Labor,” Mr Wall said.

“Canberra tax payers have paid $6 million for this footbridge, which is quickly turning into an eyesore. For that money it is fair to expect a higher standard of work than can be seen today.

“Time and time again we have seen the ACT Government fail in infrastructure delivery.

“With school students returning over the next couple of weeks, the government has an obligation to ensure this project is complete and safe for users. The paint peelings, some the size of dinner plates, may pose a major traffic hazard if left unattended any longer.

I would say the bridge is becoming less of an eyesore as the garish orange disappears in favour of primer grey.

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caf 4:25 pm 30 Jan 13

Baggy said :

It took you 13 minutes to walk 500m? Also, traffic would have been going at 80kmph on only one side – the southbound lanes would be the turning lane, not traffic continuing at 80kmph.

That sounds about right – rule of thumb for adult walking pace is 4km/h, small kids would be a fair bit slower, and allow about 3 minutes waiting for the lights to change.

steveu 4:13 pm 30 Jan 13

Paint peeling or not (which is poor and the responsible government should make the accountable contractor remdy), I’m glad that kids are not put at risk through keeping them away from Drakeford drive. May save some pushing of the buttons (impacting traffic lights possibly impacting traffic flow?).

I hope the kids have the good sense to use the walkway.

This was a sensible move by the government (I am surprised to say) and lets hope it is out to good use.

chewy14 3:26 pm 30 Jan 13

Baggy said :

puggy said :

Baggy said :

I’ve never understood the reasoning behind that bridge – after all, there is a perfectly good set of traffic lights with pedestrian access only 250m up the road…

As you will no doubt be reminded by others, primary school aged kids and major intersections aren’t a desirable mix.

As a parent myself, I have taught my child the importance of road safety, and at intersections, to hang back from the road while waiting for the little green man.

Should we now expect a similar bridge be built across northbourne, to cross from dickson to lyneham?

I’m afraid I just can’t bring myself to see this being a sensible use of $6m.

I know that it’d be dreadful if a child were to be collected there, but that can happen at any intersection. Call me heartless and a child-hater, I just think that there are better uses for $6m.

If Northbourne was an 80km/hr road with a small median and the same level of children crossing then yes, I would expect them to build something similar.

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