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GDE officially open

By johnboy - 7 October 2011 37

photo by MightyJoe

Simon Corbell has announced the official opening of the Gungahlin Drive Extension after many false dawns.

“The nine kilometre, four-lane GDE will significantly reduce north-south traffic congestion during peak periods. It will play a crucial role in reducing journey times for trips to and from Gungahlin. It will also help to relieve congestion on other arterial roads.

“The completed project now provides a direct connection from north to south Canberra and includes dedicated on-road cycle lanes for the full length.”

Mr Corbell said that stage two of the project had been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.

One wonders how long they’ll have to keep saying that last bit before anyone believes it in the context of the whole project.

[Photo by MightyJoe]

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GDE officially open
Steve_Pedestrian 2:18 pm 07 Oct 11

I like the sign near Aranda that says’ Thank you for your patienc3′ – so gen y!

Gungahlin Al 1:37 pm 07 Oct 11

That sign sould have “fully” replaced with “finally”…

what_the 1:32 pm 07 Oct 11

MightyJoe said :

Also mentions “thanks for your patience” or something like that!

MightyJoe said :

Just drove it to gunners and back to civic…. All 80 km/h zones

Here’s a consolation prize though!

I would have preferred, ‘sorry we stuffed up so much but at least it’s over’

MightyJoe 1:26 pm 07 Oct 11

Also mentions “thanks for your patience” or something like that!

MightyJoe said :

Just drove it to gunners and back to civic…. All 80 km/h zones

Here’s a consolation prize though!

MightyJoe 1:12 pm 07 Oct 11

Just drove it to gunners and back to civic…. All 80 km/h zones

Here’s a consolation prize though!

[IMG]http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l255/dks51r/GDE.jpg[/IMG]

devils_advocate 12:43 pm 07 Oct 11

I’m still doing the rat run through lyneham, o’connor etc but have noticed traffic has thinned nicely on ellenborough st and also the turn from Dryandra st onto Belconnen way.

what_the 12:08 pm 07 Oct 11

PrinceOfAles said :

shadow boxer said :

Pretty good run this morning, 10-15 minutes Gungahlin to State Circle. Zero traffic lights except for those ridiculous ones at Floriade.

Once they make it 80kph I will probably have to join at Ginninderra to avoid the first camera.

Batton hwy to Belconnen on that road is two lanes,divided road, traffic barriers between oncoming traffic and contains two long slip lanes for traffic to merge. 80kph is simply ridiculous.

Ridiculous it is. It should be 100km/h or at least 90. I think I shall write an email to Simon Corbell and Tony Gill.

Good luck ever getting any politician to raise a speed limit no matter how sensible it may be.

PrinceOfAles 11:54 am 07 Oct 11

shadow boxer said :

Pretty good run this morning, 10-15 minutes Gungahlin to State Circle. Zero traffic lights except for those ridiculous ones at Floriade.

Once they make it 80kph I will probably have to join at Ginninderra to avoid the first camera.

Batton hwy to Belconnen on that road is two lanes,divided road, traffic barriers between oncoming traffic and contains two long slip lanes for traffic to merge. 80kph is simply ridiculous.

Ridiculous it is. It should be 100km/h or at least 90. I think I shall write an email to Simon Corbell and Tony Gill.

deye 11:51 am 07 Oct 11

OverLord said :

So does that mean th 60km/h signs are coming down and the 80km/h signs are going up today?

if only they would do the sensible thing and put up 100 km/h signs instead.

M0les 11:48 am 07 Oct 11

OverLord said :

So does that mean th 60km/h signs are coming down and the 80km/h signs are going up today?

Does it matter? Seems noone pays attention to them anyway.
(c’ept for me, of course!)

shadow boxer 11:43 am 07 Oct 11

Pretty good run this morning, 10-15 minutes Gungahlin to State Circle. Zero traffic lights except for those ridiculous ones at Floriade.

Once they make it 80kph I will probably have to join at Ginninderra to avoid the first camera.

Batton hwy to Belconnen on that road is two lanes,divided road, traffic barriers between oncoming traffic and contains two long slip lanes for traffic to merge. 80kph is simply ridiculous.

shirty_bear 11:31 am 07 Oct 11

roccon said :

some older sections of road northbound of the belconnen way overpass now pool water into the seam between the old lane and the new lane. $10 says the road will need to be torn up and relaid there in 12 months if its a wet spring, summer.

Your money’s safe here. Is it my imagination, or is everything that has ‘Cord Civil’ signs around it come out B-grade?
(did they own the collapsed Barton Hwy bridge?)

roccon 9:42 am 07 Oct 11

some older sections of road northbound of the belconnen way overpass now pool water into the seam between the old lane and the new lane. $10 says the road will need to be torn up and relaid there in 12 months if its a wet spring, summer.

MightyJoe 9:36 am 07 Oct 11

I just drove there @ 9am and the fluro workers were moping about with the signs (there was one just after the Barton Highway bridge that was covered up)

But, there was also 5 workers and 1 hand saw cutting a piece of something along the road too.

The announcment says 10am, hopefully today and not next year!

OverLord 9:22 am 07 Oct 11

So does that mean th 60km/h signs are coming down and the 80km/h signs are going up today?

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