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Extra lane of Parkes Way opens today

By Barcham - 22 May 2013 17

LANES!

Good news everybody!

Parkes Way should become a little less congested from today with a new lane opening up between Clunies Ross Street bridge and Glenloch Station.

The additional lane was constructed as part of the $14.7 million Parkes Way widening project which will increase the capacity of Parkes Way between Glenloch Interchange and Edinburgh Avenue.

Cyclists will continue to be detoured from Parkes Way to the Lake Burley Griffin shared path.

The speed limit will remain at 60 kilometres per hour to ensure the safety of construction staff and motorists while work is underway on the eastbound lanes.

The Parkes Way widening project is expected to be completed in September 2013.

Work is currently underway on the widening the Clunies Ross Street bridge and Sullivans Creek bridge.

The ACT Government would like to thank Canberrans for their patience throughout the road works and encourages them to use alternative routes where possible or factor extended travel times into their commute.

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17 Responses to
Extra lane of Parkes Way opens today
thatsnotme 12:39 pm 23 May 13

Rioteer said :

I think you have misnderstood my question/suggestion. I was not suggesting an EXTRA merge.

I am suggesting that the bottleneck that forms where traffic from the south joins at Glenloch be eliminated (it is a very low speed merge given the way it is configured as it is temporary) by moving it further along and thereby moving it away from the other merge in the interchange where southbound traffic comes off the GDE. These two compound presently.

What I suggest is going to happen anyway as the new lane will be for the traffic from Tuggeranong once it is all complete, and there willbe no merge point there. I am just suggesting get rid of that low speed merge now, move it closer to the bridgeworks, and it will be a slightly higher speed and more orderly merge with neither of the two right lanes having priority.

By this time the traffic will have sorted itself out a bit more post Glenloch.

Ahh you’re right, I did misunderstand, and that makes sense.

Although looking at the behaviour of some drivers heading into the city this morning, it probably wouldn’t matter where the merge is…they’ll still make a mess of it and screw it up for everyone else.

Terra 9:25 am 23 May 13

Terra said :

Read the Media Release.

Look around.

Oh the humanity of reading (and comprehending) a press release.

Yeah, sorry about that. In between brushing the teeth and making lunch, I simply forgot to log on to the web and dig out the press release to confirm what Ross Solly had just told me. What a fool me for just blindly riushing off in the mistaken knowledge that I can believe what was said.

Maybe we should have ACT Gov send every household a Press Release for everything so none of us can be confused by mistimed media reports.

dpm 7:47 am 23 May 13

agent_clone said :

Honestly, I’m not sure how much off the morning Parkes Way car park the widening will actually fix (or if it will create more of a problem). The one time I have driven from Belconnen in peak hour along Parkes Way most of the cars were going further than Edinburgh Avenue (where I happened to turn off). I suspect most of the traffic is going to the Russell/Barton/Kingston area in which case given the rest of the road is still two lanes there will still be major issues.
Given that I do not drive down Parkes Way in the morning normally I cannot tell you where the build up may be however I suspect its either people trying to get on to Kings Avenue Bridge, or it is in attempting to cross the round abouts. No idea how to fix the first, but the second could potentially be fixed with morning peak hour traffic lights (Traffic is not to bad going towards russell in the evening, but it can build up going towards Belconnen in the evening however there are lanes to move traffic through to the other side of the round abouts going towards Belconnen).

Yep, as I mentioned in these posts a while back:
http://the-riotact.com/greens-want-induced-traffic-to-be-scrutinised/47339 (#20)
and
http://the-riotact.com/just-how-bad-is-william-hovell-drive/66177 (#3)
eastbound on Parkes way in the AM will still be an issue, IMO. People will still be sitting in a traffic jam, but it will be a bit shorter and three lanes wide instead of a longer 2-lane traffic jam! 🙂 It’ll still take basically the same time to get to your car park…

JC 7:28 am 23 May 13

agent_clone said :

Honestly, I’m not sure how much off the morning Parkes Way car park the widening will actually fix (or if it will create more of a problem). The one time I have driven from Belconnen in peak hour along Parkes Way most of the cars were going further than Edinburgh Avenue (where I happened to turn off). I suspect most of the traffic is going to the Russell/Barton/Kingston area in which case given the rest of the road is still two lanes there will still be major issues.
Given that I do not drive down Parkes Way in the morning normally I cannot tell you where the build up may be however I suspect its either people trying to get on to Kings Avenue Bridge, or it is in attempting to cross the round abouts. No idea how to fix the first, but the second could potentially be fixed with morning peak hour traffic lights (Traffic is not to bad going towards russell in the evening, but it can build up going towards Belconnen in the evening however there are lanes to move traffic through to the other side of the round abouts going towards Belconnen).

There were a couple of bottle necks. One was where William Hovell meet with Caswell Drive (AKA GDE) and meet with Tuggeranong Parkway. Due to peoples difficulty in merging this always caused issues. Having 3 lanes will help somewhat. But yes a bigger problem is the roundabout next to the pool, think they call it Rond Pond. Traffic banks up there back to past the Commonwealth Ave turn.

Though having said that they are also widening on that side of the tunnel to Commonwealth Ave, presumably to provide those turning off onto Commonwealth Ave to have their own lane from much further back, which will help a little too.

But yeah ideally 3 lanes to Rond Pond with 2 over the roundabout would be the way to go.

Rioteer 7:12 am 23 May 13

thatsnotme said :

Rioteer said :

This is great and has been a long time coming.

What I would like to know however, is why they cannot now open at least some of the eastbound as it looks similarly complete along much of its length.

While you would still have to merge before the bridge debacle, the merge point of three into two,could be moved away from the interchange where the Parkway currently joins.

This would allow the northbound Parkway traffice to flow better and then the merge point could happen somewhere along Black Mtn prior to where the bridge is being constructed, that is, the traffic. could merge more normally at a slightly higher speed.

Seems to be no safety or other impediment to this change to me.

It would be a disaster… The only reason traffic is so bad around Glenloch is the merging that has to happen, and the fact that so many people completely fail at it. Adding another merge further up would just add another bottleneck. At least at the moment once you’re on Parkes Way you keep moving, even if slowly. Extra merges would be a nightmare.

I think you have misnderstood my question/suggestion. I was not suggesting an EXTRA merge.

I am suggesting that the bottleneck that forms where traffic from the south joins at Glenloch be eliminated (it is a very low speed merge given the way it is configured as it is temporary) by moving it further along and thereby moving it away from the other merge in the interchange where southbound traffic comes off the GDE. These two compound presently.

What I suggest is going to happen anyway as the new lane will be for the traffic from Tuggeranong once it is all complete, and there willbe no merge point there. I am just suggesting get rid of that low speed merge now, move it closer to the bridgeworks, and it will be a slightly higher speed and more orderly merge with neither of the two right lanes having priority.

By this time the traffic will have sorted itself out a bit more post Glenloch.

wildturkeycanoe 5:46 am 23 May 13

No change. The traffic still bottlenecks before the tunnel. Still 60km/h all the way through so there is absolutely no benefit at all in opening the third lane, as the traffic moves at exactly the same pace [except for some who enjoy the freedom of going 30km/h faster than the limit on the new section].

Aeek 11:24 pm 22 May 13

Rioteer said :

the merge point of three into two

its more like 6 into 2 – Tuggers + thingey + GDE all feeding into the parkway

agent_clone 10:52 pm 22 May 13

Honestly, I’m not sure how much off the morning Parkes Way car park the widening will actually fix (or if it will create more of a problem). The one time I have driven from Belconnen in peak hour along Parkes Way most of the cars were going further than Edinburgh Avenue (where I happened to turn off). I suspect most of the traffic is going to the Russell/Barton/Kingston area in which case given the rest of the road is still two lanes there will still be major issues.
Given that I do not drive down Parkes Way in the morning normally I cannot tell you where the build up may be however I suspect its either people trying to get on to Kings Avenue Bridge, or it is in attempting to cross the round abouts. No idea how to fix the first, but the second could potentially be fixed with morning peak hour traffic lights (Traffic is not to bad going towards russell in the evening, but it can build up going towards Belconnen in the evening however there are lanes to move traffic through to the other side of the round abouts going towards Belconnen).

thatsnotme 10:52 pm 22 May 13

Rioteer said :

This is great and has been a long time coming.

What I would like to know however, is why they cannot now open at least some of the eastbound as it looks similarly complete along much of its length.

While you would still have to merge before the bridge debacle, the merge point of three into two,could be moved away from the interchange where the Parkway currently joins.

This would allow the northbound Parkway traffice to flow better and then the merge point could happen somewhere along Black Mtn prior to where the bridge is being constructed, that is, the traffic. could merge more normally at a slightly higher speed.

Seems to be no safety or other impediment to this change to me.

It would be a disaster… The only reason traffic is so bad around Glenloch is the merging that has to happen, and the fact that so many people completely fail at it. Adding another merge further up would just add another bottleneck. At least at the moment once you’re on Parkes Way you keep moving, even if slowly. Extra merges would be a nightmare.

Rioteer 10:34 pm 22 May 13

This is great and has been a long time coming.

What I would like to know however, is why they cannot now open at least some of the eastbound as it looks similarly complete along much of its length.

While you would still have to merge before the bridge debacle, the merge point of three into two,could be moved away from the interchange where the Parkway currently joins.

This would allow the northbound Parkway traffice to flow better and then the merge point could happen somewhere along Black Mtn prior to where the bridge is being constructed, that is, the traffic. could merge more normally at a slightly higher speed.

Seems to be no safety or other impediment to this change to me.

Doc Dogg 9:49 pm 22 May 13

“The speed limit will remain at 60 kilometres per hour”

This bit gave me a laugh, I’ve never seen a car going this slow through the Parkes Way roadworks. Apart from me of course, and the poor souls stuck behind me flashing their lights and beeping their horns because I have the audacity to not want to risk getting a speeding fine.

gooterz 5:21 pm 22 May 13

Clearly Canberra doesn’t know its East from its West.

caf 5:12 pm 22 May 13

Terra said :

So… was it announced too early? Was there a delay in opening after the media went out? Was there a delay in the media and do they really mean the Westbound lane, which actually opened a few days ago to no apparent fanfare?.

Or is it just further proof that our road makers really are loosing the plot?

Either way, note to ACT Roads media people, please dont tell us your opening a road without a) the direction, and b) the expected time.

The first paragraph of the media release says:

The ACT Government would like to advise motorists and other road users that an additional westbound lane on Parkes Way will be open between Clunies Ross Street bridge and Glenloch Interchange from Wednesday 22 May 2013.

MelonHead 5:06 pm 22 May 13

Terra said :

Please clarify???

I heard this announced this morning on 666. Yay I thought, Ive been watching the construction (and associated bridge debacle) twice a day for what seems like ages. Cant wait to check out the extra lane and see if it’s really going to make any real difference to the Glenloch Carpark, seeing as there’s still a bottleneck at the aforementioned bridges and the tunnel.

You can imagine my surprise to find that there was nothing new, except this morning the carpark extended halfway back to Aranda. Clearly half of Belco had the same idea.

So… was it announced too early? Was there a delay in opening after the media went out? Was there a delay in the media and do they really mean the Westbound lane, which actually opened a few days ago to no apparent fanfare?.

Or is it just further proof that our road makers really are loosing the plot?

Either way, note to ACT Roads media people, please dont tell us your opening a road without a) the direction, and b) the expected time.

Thanks

Read the Media Release.

Look around.

Remember all the way back to Monday when the two westbound lanes from Clunies Ross to Glenloch shifted to the new lane and one existing lane. Then it is not much of a stretch of the imagination to understand how the original left lane (not the breakdown/bicycle lane) could be reopened. This would give a total of three (3) westbound lanes from Clunies Ross to Glenloch.

Oh the humanity of reading (and comprehending) a press release.

Terra 3:48 pm 22 May 13

Please clarify???

I heard this announced this morning on 666. Yay I thought, Ive been watching the construction (and associated bridge debacle) twice a day for what seems like ages. Cant wait to check out the extra lane and see if it’s really going to make any real difference to the Glenloch Carpark, seeing as there’s still a bottleneck at the aforementioned bridges and the tunnel.

You can imagine my surprise to find that there was nothing new, except this morning the carpark extended halfway back to Aranda. Clearly half of Belco had the same idea.

So… was it announced too early? Was there a delay in opening after the media went out? Was there a delay in the media and do they really mean the Westbound lane, which actually opened a few days ago to no apparent fanfare?.

Or is it just further proof that our road makers really are loosing the plot?

Either way, note to ACT Roads media people, please dont tell us your opening a road without a) the direction, and b) the expected time.

Thanks

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