Canberra gets some road pork!

johnboy 31 July 2013 30

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtman and Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese have announced money for local road black spots:

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide $596,500 to fix six dangerous black spots on local roads.

The six black spots and the proposed treatments are:

Melrose Drive and Corinna Street at Phillip: $230,000 to implement minor intersection improvements, install safer light columns and reduce the speed limit on Melrose Drive from 70kph to 60kph;

Carruthers Street and Yarra Glen off-ramps (west) at Curtin: $180,000 to improve the operation of traffic signals and upgrade barriers;

Yamba Drive and Julia Flynn Crescent (north) at Isaacs: $95,000 to improve channelisation in the median and install new kerbing;

Jerrabomberra Avenue, Captain Cook Crescent and Sturt Avenue at Narrabundah: $45,000 to reduce Jerrabomberra Avenue (northbound) to one lane;

Drakeford Drive and Barr-Smith Avenue at Bonython: $26,000 to improve minor deficiencies such as signage, linemarking and vegetation clearance; and

Drakeford Drive and Noorooma Street at Isabella Plains: $20,500 to improve minor deficiencies such as signage, linemarking and vegetation clearance.


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Antagonist Antagonist 8:04 am 02 Aug 13

Primal said :

Being local to the area, I know those two intersection on Drakeford can be prang-magnets… but I really don’t see how any of those three treatments will achieve anything. I’m not even sure there is any vegetation at the Noorooma intersection! Certainly none that has ever blocked my view.

Ditto the Noorooma / Drakeford / Barr-Smith intersections. A total of $50k allocated for a problem that does not exist. I will have tomato sauce on my bacon sandwich, thanks.

magiccar9 magiccar9 8:04 am 02 Aug 13

dtc said :

Can I make a complaint about how much all these road users are costing us and why dont they just buy a bike?

Because some of us want to get to our destination in a reasonable amount of time, and not burden the public with the sight of lycra clad, unfit ‘wanna-be’ cyclists.

dtc dtc 9:57 pm 01 Aug 13

Can I make a complaint about how much all these road users are costing us and why dont they just buy a bike?

Masquara Masquara 7:25 pm 01 Aug 13

johnboy said :

mezza76 said :

The Black Spots program is based on eligibility- so not an example of ‘pork’.
http://www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au/funding/blackspots/eligibility_of_sites.aspx

Yes sure, this highly unusual announcement weeks before an election is normal process.

And I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Pork indeed – and focused on the less left-leaning, more southern burbs.

rosscoact rosscoact 6:10 pm 01 Aug 13

poetix said :

I rasherly assumed this was about a roadside bacon vendor.

But then there would be a review, a photo, and about ten million comments.

with apologies to SCT and poetix

In Canberra did RiotAct
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where roadside bacon vendors, ran
Through blackspots measureless to man
Down to public art of the bourgeoisie

wrigbe wrigbe 6:08 pm 01 Aug 13

poetix said :

I rasherly assumed this was about a roadside bacon vendor.

But then there would be a review, a photo, and about ten million comments.

Please please – much more interesting than pollies trying to win elections with roads. Can someone do this? Imagine the spluttering of fatted critics.

milkman milkman 6:03 pm 01 Aug 13

I read the headline and thought we were getting more makred police presence on our roads.

poetix poetix 5:43 pm 01 Aug 13

I rasherly assumed this was about a roadside bacon vendor.

But then there would be a review, a photo, and about ten million comments.

astrojax astrojax 4:38 pm 01 Aug 13

smiling politely said :

astrojax said :

this list just proves southsiders can’t drive… 🙂

[cough, *splutter*] why you, now see here, I just, I mean, well [clears throat]

Oh, it’s a fair point I s’pose. “I, for one, welcome our new perfectly-competent-at-driving northside overlords”.

one is so glad to be acknowledged… now, carry on.

bundah bundah 3:09 pm 01 Aug 13

Thumper said :

Road pork… hehehe

Yeah that’s a barrelling good laugh!

smiling politely smiling politely 3:05 pm 01 Aug 13

astrojax said :

this list just proves southsiders can’t drive… 🙂

[cough, *splutter*] why you, now see here, I just, I mean, well [clears throat]

Oh, it’s a fair point I s’pose. “I, for one, welcome our new perfectly-competent-at-driving northside overlords”.

Primal Primal 1:44 pm 01 Aug 13

Being local to the area, I know those two intersection on Drakeford can be prang-magnets… but I really don’t see how any of those three treatments will achieve anything. I’m not even sure there is any vegetation at the Noorooma intersection! Certainly none that has ever blocked my view.

astrojax astrojax 12:09 pm 01 Aug 13

this list just proves southsiders can’t drive… 🙂

MsCheeky MsCheeky 10:20 am 01 Aug 13

johnboy said :

mezza76 said :

The Black Spots program is based on eligibility- so not an example of ‘pork’.
http://www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au/funding/blackspots/eligibility_of_sites.aspx

Yes sure, this highly unusual announcement weeks before an election is normal process.

And I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

As someone with a more than passing familiarity with the Black Spots program, I found mezza76’s comment fairly amusing. Eligibility, schmeligibility. It’s a program particularly loved by our rural politicians. Pass me a bacon sandwich.

Mess Mess 10:07 am 01 Aug 13

They need to fix up the intersection of Clift crescent and Ashley drive. There has been two smashes involving 3 or more cars in the last 4-6 weeks, not to mention a number of minor prangs as well.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:43 am 01 Aug 13

johnboy said :

mezza76 said :

The Black Spots program is based on eligibility- so not an example of ‘pork’.
http://www.nationbuildingprogram.gov.au/funding/blackspots/eligibility_of_sites.aspx

Yes sure, this highly unusual announcement weeks before an election is normal process.

And I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

And the sites are all in her electorate. When is Andrew Leigh making his announcement?

Reprobate Reprobate 9:16 am 01 Aug 13

AAAARGH for the love of god people, since we went metric in 1974 speed is expressed as km/h NOT kph!

Thumper Thumper 8:25 am 01 Aug 13

Road pork… hehehe

magiccar9 magiccar9 8:21 am 01 Aug 13

Reduce the speed on Melrose Drive from 70 to 60? What kind of narrow minded numpty came up with this idea? As it stands this section of Melrose is a doddle along anyway. If anything it should be 80. The only time I see people doing 70 is on pension pay day. Seriously though, this intersection is only a “black spot” because they have gone and stuck a “Form One Lane” right as you approach the intersection, then they have the stupid lane on the right that is a turning lane for the next intersection at Hindmarsh. If they actually put in a normal, uncomplicated intersection to begin with they wouldn’t have these issues.

magiccar9 magiccar9 8:15 am 01 Aug 13

yoyo23 said :

While they continue to black tar they will always have black spots. Paint the roads white and all will be fixed. Even climate change will be fixed, just imagine how much heat will be reflected back into space!

Dude! I love your thinking.

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