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Cotter Road roadworks (rant)

By longshanks - 3 July 2013 23

I love the signs that have just gone up near the intersection of Cotter Road and Streeton Drive: “Roadworks commence 8 July, use alternative routes”.

What alternative routes do they have in mind? Hindmarsh Drive is a nightmare in the morning (and the nightmare is transferred to Melrose Drive in the evening). There used to be an alternative route through Lyons/Weston, but then someone decided it would be a good idea to do some roadworks there too, resulting in temporary traffic lights and Heysen St reduced to one lane for 50 metres.

Frankly, I’d rather see a sign that says “Roadworks commence here on 8 July, but whichever route you take you’re stuffed.” At least it would be more honest. Or how about “Yes, we’ve been upgrading Cotter Road for over two years now, and no, it’s not even remotely close to completion. Tell it to someone who cares.” But maybe that’s too honest.

Still, it’ll be nice once it’s finished (in 2015).

What’s Your opinion?


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23 Responses to
Cotter Road roadworks (rant)
gazket 5:01 pm 03 Jul 13

It is pathetic. I don’t think they have enough machinery and are sharing machines between the different road works and it drags all the jobs out so they take forever.

chewy14 4:10 pm 03 Jul 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

dtc said :

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Thats cos they employ about 5000 workers at a time. Feel free to increase your tax contribution.

Doesn’t have to be China – I’m sure the USA, Germany or Singapore would be more efficient.

I don’t begrudge anyone a decent wage but working flexi hours on important roadworks is a joke.

Penalty rates have made us uncompetitive. I get paid a rate Monday to Saturday with single loading Sunday or public holidays which is fine by me. My 14 y old was knocked back a after school job because they can offer 1.5 hours but Julia changed it to a minimum 2 hours.

I was hesistant about workchoices but can’t wait for them to bring it back.

LOL,

Who needs workchoices, I think we should be able to import foreigners who must work 5 years at $2 per day and then they can become citizens.

Either that or just bring back slavery.

A good bunch of slaves would have these roadworks finished in no time at all.

beardedclam 3:58 pm 03 Jul 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Haha, because it is too easy for people to complain about noise and light at night. It is too easy to complain about anything these days. Doesnt even have to be relevant.

Side note, have you seen the awesome developments in China that are deserted? Thats some good planning there.

Skidd Marx 2:54 pm 03 Jul 13

Yes and another “alternative route” in Parkes way also has guess what…. roadworks. Who’s the genius who decided to schedule every arterial roadwork simultaneously? My guess is they hold a UC degree.

dpm 2:48 pm 03 Jul 13

dtc said :

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Thats cos they employ about 5000 workers at a time. Feel free to increase your tax contribution.

I wonder if you tripled the workers and then took 2/3rds off the project time, how that would go with funding?

Affirmative Action M 2:43 pm 03 Jul 13

dtc said :

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Thats cos they employ about 5000 workers at a time. Feel free to increase your tax contribution.

Doesn’t have to be China – I’m sure the USA, Germany or Singapore would be more efficient.

I don’t begrudge anyone a decent wage but working flexi hours on important roadworks is a joke. Penalty rates have made us uncompetitive. I get paid a rate Monday to Saturday with single loading Sunday or public holidays which is fine by me. My 14 y old was knocked back a after school job because they can offer 1.5 hours but Julia changed it to a minimum 2 hours.

I was hesistant about workchoices but can’t wait for them to bring it back.

General 2:07 pm 03 Jul 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Go move to China then. I’m assuming you’re a shift worker, working outside all day. No, you would be an office worker making comments from his 8-4 M – F job who has been inconvenienced by road works.

dtc 2:03 pm 03 Jul 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Thats cos they employ about 5000 workers at a time. Feel free to increase your tax contribution.

Chop71 1:58 pm 03 Jul 13

toot toot ….
oh that’s another “project”

Pork Hunt 12:03 pm 03 Jul 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Do you also want the third world living conditions that these Asians enjoy or should they leave those at home?
Pollution in Beijing and fires in Indonesia come to mind…

HiddenDragon 11:36 am 03 Jul 13

“Use Alternative Route” is an annoying waste of space – when it’s added to signs giving notice well in advance of roadworks, it’s a statement of the bleeding obvious, and when it’s on signs advising of roadworks which you don’t know about until you’re caught in snail’s pace traffic, and the alternative routes are already behind you, it’s just adding insult to injury.

KB1971 10:18 am 03 Jul 13

Whinge, whinge……ride a bike. Pretty well roadwork free & cyclepaths all the way from Weston to everywhere.

Affirmative Action M 10:06 am 03 Jul 13

Its all pathetic. In China they would have completed it in about 3 weeks. And why on earth don’t they keep working around the clock or at least until midnight with lights on. We are so uncompetitive in this country that eventually we will be swamped by the more efficient Asians.

Erg0 9:52 am 03 Jul 13

I do wish they’d hurry up, all this Cotter Rd malarkey is really screwing up my evening rat run through Deakin.

bundah 9:47 am 03 Jul 13

Well no surprises here.Like i keep saying,Canberra,home of the world’s most discombobulated roadworks,all credit goes to TAMS for their continuing excellence!!

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