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By Sands 27 January 2008 43

The other day I was driving from Tuggeranong to Belconnen which I haven’t done for some time as there have been those road works going for what seems an eternity.  I was driving northbound on the Parkway, then turned right into Caswell Drive and kept going straight.  This road turns into a double lane BUT the lane on the right has been temporarily turned into a lane for traffic coming in the opposite direction (while they work on the southbound road).  There was a trailer in front of me so I went to overtake in the right lane – only to find myself facing a four wheel drive coming the other way.  Luckily it was far away enough and there was space for me to pull back in, but there were no overt signs that I could see to warn me that it was a two way (except for another 100 metres down the road – which would have been too late!).

 I had to go there again today and had a passenger with me this time.  While I was driving I explained what happened the other day and they said they would have felt comfortable doing exactly what I did.  So anyway, potentially dangerous so please take care on that road.

And for all the instantly negative rioters out there who are going to say “why didn’t you read the signs”, or “you should have been more careful” or “why were you overtaking” etc… I consider myself to be a very cautious driver and nothing I was doing was out of the ordinary.  I wasn’t speeding, I wasn’t talking on the phone, I was aware of all signs etc. 

The reason I am posting this is because I am shocked at how easily someone could have a head on collision on this particular stretch of road and wanted to bring it to drivers attention.

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el ......VNBerlinaV8 2:09 pm 03 Feb 08

Oh, OK. That was before I remembered and followed up about the rather LARGE electronic billboard with ‘Two Way’ quite clearly displayed on it…

Fluges 7:16 pm 02 Feb 08

There’s some bloke in Urban Services who’s gone crazy all around Canberra with a tin of paint. There are bloody confusing road markings all over town.

And, I have to say, I was towing my boat down Northbourne Ave this afternoon and geez it’s hard to stay in a lane. The trailer’s pretty wide, but regulation width. Keeping both wheels within the lane requires a lot of concentration, they only just fit. I reckon the lanes must be the absolute minimum width for a road lane.

It’s because the bloke with the paint tin has painted a line on the road that’s supposed to protect cyclists from getting hit. Trailers sway, it would be really easy to clean up one of those recumbant cyclists by accident.

Sands 10:17 am 02 Feb 08

You were telling me to pay more attention to the signs, but admitted you didn’t even know where they were! 🙂 I loved it.

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