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Cages go up on the Kent Street bridge

By johnboy - 10 August 2011 25


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TAMS have sad news that as part of the program to protect the community from its own worst elements the caging of the Kent Street bridge over Adelaide Avenue has begun.

“The ACT Government has invested $3.6 million to install the screens at high-risk locations across the ACT aiming to eliminate the risk of serious injury to motorists and pedestrians,” Tony Gill, Director of Roads ACT, announced today.

“In conjunction with Kent Street, safety screens will also be installed on the Chandler Street, Belconnen bridge in the coming months.

“The provision of a screen at the Kent Street overpass was identified after an assessment of high risk locations across the ACT and forms part of a rolling program of installing screens in recent years.

“With Adelaide Avenue carrying more than 40,000 vehicles per day, the Kent Street bridge has been identified as a priority site where there is a need to more closely manage public risk.”

Mr Gill said installation of the bridge safety screens will be undertaken over the next 12 weeks and have been designed to meet road transport safety, traffic operation and urban design objectives.

“Screens have already been installed on pedestrian bridges over Erindale Drive, Ginninderra Drive, Belconnen Way, Yamba Drive and Isabella Drive as well as vehicle bridges crossing Carruthers Street and Cotter Road.

“Temporary traffic management is in place on Kent Street and Adelaide Avenue and will not affect traffic during peak times to minimise inconvenience to drivers and pedestrians.

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Cages go up on the Kent Street bridge
bitzermaloney 4:17 pm 10 Aug 11

carnardly said :

you didn’t notice they did the same on the Curtin/Hughes overpass? lol

Obviously that’s because there the Yarralumla/Deakin community is so much more devious.

00davist 4:11 pm 10 Aug 11

Skidbladnir said :

Funny thing, putting up cages simply moves the problem along, and not only does caging _every_ bridge cost a bundle, offenders will just find something other vector for destructive urges.

Heads they win, tails we lose?

I get where you are comming from, but we need to do what we can to limit the damage they can cause to people.

How about Heads we kill’em, Tails, we kill’em!

Skidbladnir 3:59 pm 10 Aug 11

Funny thing, putting up cages simply moves the problem along, and not only does caging _every_ bridge cost a bundle, offenders will just find something other vector for destructive urges.

Heads they win, tails we lose?

Henry82 3:58 pm 10 Aug 11

Keijidosha said :

It would be interesting to know how they determine “high-risk”, because the pedestrian overpass on Ginninderra Drive at Lyneham was one of the first bridges to be caged,

I cant speak for the designers/government but you’ll probably find they prioritise based on the bridges vicinity to residential areas, and areas that are crime sports for younger offenders.

Parkes way is really only pedestrian commuters, and there aren’t many residences near them.

00davist 3:53 pm 10 Aug 11

Mr Gillespie said :

They just install the eyesores no matter how ugly or imposing they appear on the landscape. And to hell with the misuse of public monies, all for the sake of faceless cowards that throw rocks, which also cost money to keep alive and feed them while they contribute NOTHING positive to the society that feeds them.

Ahh Mr.G, Hello!

It’s a bit hard to work out where to go with your argument, for even if they get rid of those creitins, others will follow, and somone will get hurt before the next wave of creitens goes.

On the other hand, Looking at the second half of your comment, I have no issue with revoking rock droppers right to breath.

Keijidosha 3:47 pm 10 Aug 11

“The ACT Government has invested $3.6 million to install the screens at high-risk locations across the ACT aiming to eliminate the risk of serious injury to motorists and pedestrians,” Tony Gill, Director of Roads ACT, announced today.”

It would be interesting to know how they determine “high-risk”, because the pedestrian overpass on Ginninderra Drive at Lyneham was one of the first bridges to be caged, yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than a handful of pedestrians/cyclists using it in the years I have lived in Canberra.

I’m unsure how this could be seen as a high-risk site when both pedestrian bridges on Parkes Way are still yet to be caged. In fairness it could be that these bridges are controlled by the NCA, in which case it makes sense that nothing has been done to cage them.

Henry82 3:41 pm 10 Aug 11

Mr Gillespie said :

They just install the eyesores no matter how ugly or imposing they appear on the landscape

Its pretty difficult to make a steel fence look good. The fact of the matter is, unless there are genuine punishments for criminal damage that apply to both adults and kids, nothing will stop these sort of things from happening. I say relocate the fence to northborne to built a large cage. 24 hrs in the public cell would set a lot of people straight.

Mr Gillespie 3:21 pm 10 Aug 11

They just install the eyesores no matter how ugly or imposing they appear on the landscape. And to hell with the misuse of public monies, all for the sake of faceless cowards that throw rocks, which also cost money to keep alive and feed them while they contribute NOTHING positive to the society that feeds them.

carnardly 3:18 pm 10 Aug 11

you didn’t notice they did the same on the Curtin/Hughes overpass? lol

Erg0 3:02 pm 10 Aug 11

It probably says something about the ubiquity of roadwarks in Canberra that I’ve driven through there every day for the last couple of weeks and never really wondered what they were actually doing.

colourful sydney rac 2:58 pm 10 Aug 11

johnboy said :

It’s sad that we need them.

this

EvanJames 2:57 pm 10 Aug 11

And once again, huge amounts of money are spent to deal with the activities of badly-raised criminal element. I guess they feel pretty powerful that they can cause this to happen.

johnboy 2:54 pm 10 Aug 11

It’s sad that we need them.

KB1971 2:51 pm 10 Aug 11

Three weeks too late…………they have been working there for ages. For anyone who cycles this route be careful as they have diverted the cycle path onto the road. It is all barracaded in nicely but the mount & dismount of the gutter is a couple of pieces of dodgy concrete & sandbags.

OK on the MTB but is a bit tricky on the roadie especially with panniers.

Stevian 2:50 pm 10 Aug 11

How is it sad news that steps are being taken to protect people from possible injury and death?

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