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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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Sands Sands 6:19 pm 27 Jan 08

ha, mate I couldn’t be more relaxed. All in jest.

Hugo Hugo 6:11 pm 27 Jan 08

Peace, Sands. I did almost the same thing the other day, going south. The temporary turnoff to go towards Woden off Caswell drive is in need of better signing or marking. A KEEP LEFT sign might help.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 6:10 pm 27 Jan 08

Jesus, do you always over-react like this?

Sands Sands 6:00 pm 27 Jan 08

ah, ok then. Well maybe I’m the only moron on the road el (though this thread would suggest I’m not) and you’re obviously 100% switched on 100% of the time(ahem), but forget about me having a crash and think of the poor sods I might have accidently run into. It could have been a perfect driver – like you!!! – but for all the other morons like me who get confused, be careful. For the you special el, you just keep raising that bar, you’re doing an awesome job.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 2:46 pm 27 Jan 08

Travelled the same stretch of road last weekend Sands, for the first time. I was aware of the signs, however I was wondering at the time if anyone got lulled into thinking it was dual carriageway… I know what you mean.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 1:56 pm 27 Jan 08

Yawn. I read the original post. As I said, it’s seems fairly obvious that the stretch is two-way.

Quite apparently you weren’t ‘aware of all signs etc.’

Sands Sands 12:57 pm 27 Jan 08

Maybe you could just PAY ATTENTION to the original post “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.”

If people aren’t noticing what must be very subtle signs in a construction war zone then put clearer ones up. Until then, be careful.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 12:09 pm 27 Jan 08

Maybe people could just PAY ATTENTION while they’re driving rather than cruising along on autopilot?

NickD NickD 12:01 pm 27 Jan 08

Yeah, I drove down that road for the first time yesterday and got a very nasty shock when I realised that it wasn’t a dual carriage way. I think that I’ll go back to taking the long way though Belconnen.

Sands Sands 10:57 am 27 Jan 08

well if there are a few people going northbourne and the same thing has happened, then it can’t be that huge a sign. Sounds like there have been a few too many close calls to justify a clear massive ass sign.

hingo hingo 10:54 am 27 Jan 08

I thought there was a huge ass sign saying “Two Way”. None the less, if you are not concentrating, its easy to do. I was heading southbound on that road and had some guy in a van swerve into my lane, I had to drive off the side of the road to avoid hitting him.

Tempestas Tempestas 10:40 am 27 Jan 08

THere has been a recent change in he southbound to Civic traffic which would explain why there was not enough traffic southbound to Woden/Tuggernanong to make it clear that it was two way.

Agree that the signs have not moved into the right spots as quickly as they should have, travelling through there regularly you get somewhat used to it.

I must say the flow improved when they added to turning signal at the new Caswell/Parkes way crossing. Looks like it might only be a month or so before the Southbound can go straight through to the parkway.

Sands Sands 9:53 am 27 Jan 08

Exactly shiny flu – there were southbound cars on the other side of the concrete pillar so it was just natural to assume it was a double lane on my side of the concrete pillar.

Just to clarify, I believe it actually IS a double lane road, but they’ve just temporarily turned it into a two way road while they work on the southbound double lane. That’s the scary bit.

Thumper Thumper 9:46 am 27 Jan 08

Agreed, Glenloch is a dog’s breakfast at the moment and I can see that it would be quite easy to lose ones bearings whilst driving there.

shiny flu shiny flu 9:17 am 27 Jan 08

I’ve driven along there a few times but a couple days ago I was dropping a mate from work home… I was damn confused, because I remember it being two lanes, but not two way. I did see the signs, but with some cars driving southbound on the other road I can totally understand how it could be so easy to use that right lane.

Traffic cones or the like would have made it more clear.

bighead bighead 1:33 am 27 Jan 08

Sands, I had the same feeling the other day. I wasn’t sure if it was 2 lanes for me or 1 each way. So I took it as being 1 each way and was right. I suppose just to suspect that is usually the case. Even if it does cost you an extra few mins behind some slow car.

Also thanks to all the people that don’t seem to be able to follow the rules of Form 1 Lanes. Always enjoyable to have to brake quickly when someone decides that you are too slow when the both of you are about to merge lanes.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 12:49 am 27 Jan 08

Yes, that road. I was heading northbound, the car barreling towards me heading southbound. This was down towards the bottom of the hill, about 15-20 seconds after I’d driven through the traffic lights.

To be honest I don’t even know where the signs are. It just seems patently f*cking obvious that it’s a two-way road anyway.

barney barney 12:47 am 27 Jan 08

I saw Steve Pratt driving southbound in the northbound section of the Parkway the other night. Number plates to follow ……

Sands Sands 12:43 am 27 Jan 08

do you mean on that road? Do you really reckon the signs are really that clear or are you just used to the roadworks? I don’t use it that often (twice now!) and can say that northbound, it wasn’t clear to me at all.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 12:38 am 27 Jan 08

Indeed it is nothing out of the ordinary.

I was almost struck head on by an arse-clown in a 4WD that hadn’t read the signs and was overtaking about 2 months ago.

Luckily there was plenty of room for me to drive off onto the shoulder, as the 4WD had nowhere to go, and was going fairly quick. unts.

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