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Did the RTA forget about Canberra Day?

longshanks 13 March 2012 22


I was driving home from Sydney yesterday, cruising along the Hume at about 113 km/h, when I hit a huge tailback about 12 or so kms south of the Sutton Forest service centre.

The next 15km (yep, measured it) took almost 2 hours (yep, timed it). There was a lane closed for repairs a little way south of the Marulan service centre, and with all the trucks, and extra traffic generated by people heading home after the long weekend, a huge jam was inevitable.

Anyway, according to the RTA Live Traffic NSW website, these works were scheduled to start yesterday. Seems a bit dumb to schedule major roadworks on the Canberra-bound lane on the Monday of a Canberra long weekend. A case of “didn’t know” or “didn’t care”?

Anyone else get stuck?

Oh and by the way, no, my time is not overly precious, and yes, I got over it, and yes, I’m grateful that I live in a country with (on the whole) decent roads, and no, there were no cyclists involved, and yes, I realise that roadworks are necessary, etc. etc.

[Photo: Paddy’s River Southbound 12 Mar 4pm, by Peter]

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22 Responses to Did the RTA forget about Canberra Day?
Sandman 8:32 pm 14 Mar 12

MrPC said :

It wasn’t just ACT residents that got caught up in the chaos. I expect better than that from my state government, and I will be holding my local member to account if an unsatisfactory or untimely response is received from his office.

You be sure to let us know if your member fails to offer you taxpayer funded counselling sessions for your one-time traumatic experience, an experience that M5/Hume drivers encounter every time a pigeon takes a dump from the Narellan Road overpass.

If that’s the biggest issue you can think of that should be taking up parliamentary time then I suggest you build a bridge and get over it (make sure bridge construction doesn’t interfere with anyones time off work though).

Nifty 8:33 pm 14 Mar 12

Reprobate said :

I’m calling conspiracy. There were also lots of roadworks (road base down to mud and loose gravel) on the Kings Highway between the Clyde and Braidwood yesterday. Bloody New South Welshmen, jealous of our extra public holiday…

Mind you if you think the Hume and Kings highways are bad, Brown Mountain is closed due to rockfalls for the next few month and the detour road to Bega/Merimbula via Bombala is currently sub-Third World with potholes spread across full lanes due to the recent rains. Take care!

Macquarie Pass (Wollongong – Moss Vale) was also closed for roadworks between (I think) 9am and 3pm. However, I was only delayed 10 minutes there compared with 1 hour 20 minutes getting through Marulan. I considered turning back and taking Carrick Rd but decided that it mightn’t be a good idea given the misty conditions. There’s certainly no way it would have coped with all the traffic on the highway.

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