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Community looking to duplicate Barton Highway

By Barcham 2 September 2013 25

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I imagine this cause will resonate with more than a few of you, so I shall pass on the information:

After yet another fatality on the Barton Highway last Friday, I have set up a Facebook Group to mobilise the community to promote action on work to duplicate the road.

As an individual it’s hard to be heard, and easy to be apathetic. My hope is that as a community we can consolidate sentiment and gain a voice and influence progress on this project.

Can you ask fellow Rioters who are interested in the Barton Highway issue to join our Facebook Group.

The link to the Group is here https://www.facebook.com/groups/424962847624670/

As I write this the group is 583 members strong. If this is something you care about, go increase that number.

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marcothepolopony 3:45 pm 03 Sep 13

Weatherman said :

Wouldn’t sealing and improving the road to Tumut, or building a south western road link out to Albury would ease traffic going to Yass. It would save hours, as well as shave hundreds of kilometres off the trip to Melbourne, the often intended route along the national highway in that direction.

The shortest or quickest route to Melbourne is through all the way north out past Yass. Barton Highway is overused, so you get the bad tailgater trying to rush those in front, poor overtaking decisions and speeding from trying to get home to overcome tiredness, which leads to accidents, because it would seem so inefficient to go so far north to then go south again.

A brilliant idea! The citizens of Yass and Murrumbateman and north would be the only users of this horror higway.

watto23 2:04 pm 03 Sep 13

m00nee said :

You could learn how to obey the road rules, or
you could learn how to drive to the conditions, or
you could learn how to have some patience, or
you could learn that getting home 5 minutes later won’t kill you, or
you could whinge and whine to try and get billions of dollars poured into a perfectly acceptable piece of road that does not have the volume of traffic to warrant the horrendous expense of being duplicated.

Find a way to make this happen and you’ll save the government billions. Because it doesn’t matter how much enforcement of the rules you try, there will always be one jerk that takes the life of someone else who was following the rules. However if you can reduce the chances of that happening via design, then to me i’d rather have the money spent, because ultimately its also less people in hospitals as well.

Also I find the idea of wasting my time to cover for the fact someone else in incapable of driving to the conditions and resorts to driving slowly an insult. I generally get to most places about 5 minutes earlier than I need to be, but sometimes there are people who for whatever reason feel that they either should drive extra slow because they are scared, or play traffic cop and deliberately stop vehicles from overtaking.

Postalgeek 1:51 pm 03 Sep 13

Thumper said :

I used to drive the Barton many, many times in the past.

It’s not the average driver cruising along at 100 kph and observing the speed limit that is the problem.

It’s suicidal f*cknuckles that come barrelling along at 140 clicks trying to overtake anything in their way.

Time to duplicate the road.

And while we’re at it, do the King’s Highway as well.

You might get the Barton done, but I can’t imagine the King’s getting done anytime soon, however much it needs it.

As for who’s responsible for carnage, I’d say they come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds. While I agree that suicidal fkwits travelling at 140 clicks need to be stomped on, there is a slight chance that they are engaged with their immediate environment. It’s the drivers who are texting, or with the passenger pointing out the pretty scenery away from the road, or falling asleep, that I worry about.

Aeek 1:39 pm 03 Sep 13

davo101 said :

By the same logic we don’t need: speed limits, line markings, speed advisory signs on curves, guide posts, or guard rails.

Think of the money we could save if we didn’t bother with asphalt or concrete !

davo101 12:30 pm 03 Sep 13

m00nee said :

You could learn how to obey the road rules, or
you could learn how to drive to the conditions, or
you could learn how to have some patience, or
you could learn that getting home 5 minutes later won’t kill you, or
you could whinge and whine to try and get billions of dollars poured into a perfectly acceptable piece of road that does not have the volume of traffic to warrant the horrendous expense of being duplicated.

I’m glad you’re not a road engineer. That’s pretty much an argument you can use against any form of road safety improvement. By the same logic we don’t need: speed limits, line markings, speed advisory signs on curves, guide posts, or guard rails.

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