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GDE opening now

By Gungahlin Al 30 September 2011 75

One of our @gungahlincc tweeps (Mel from Curves Gungahlin) has reported that both northbound lanes of the GDE are open and they are in the process of opening both southbound lanes right now. Slick trip home tonight for you all!

And next week people will be able to try out using Gungahlin Drive (yes can we please drop the whole GDE thing now?) to get to Civic instead of battling Northbourne Avenue…

[ED – It will always be an extension to me]

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Mothy 9:32 am 17 Oct 11

Mothy said :

Will do, after seeing a northbound vehicle hit the wire crash barrier just after the Gininderra Drive on-ramp this morning. Could have been messy had those wires not been there.

Noting while some scream about the speed limit, we’ve had a second crash into the wire barriers over the weekend (assumed, since I only saw them down this morning), this time southbound, same section – between the Ellenborough Street overpass and the Gininderra Drive Exit.

LSWCHP 8:49 pm 06 Oct 11

Gungahlin Al said :

This time it’s for real. The ACT Government has advised that they will be “officially opening” the full Gungahlin Drive from 10am tomorrow (Friday).

I’m sending a virtual custard pie to the face of John Hargreaves for refusing to listen to us (and everyone else) that two lanes would not be adequate, for putting us through so much traffic congestion for so many years, and for costing all ACT tax/ratepayers so many utterly avoidable $millions in extra road costs and drivers in extra running costs. The bitter memories of this road construction project shall forever be your legacy John as possibly the ACT’s least enlightened Transport Minister ever.

Why a virtual custard pie Al? I live in Belco, and have been commuting very slowly to Fyshwick through that catastrophe for 11 years now. The costs of wasted fuel, time and frustration for thousands of Canberra residents are incalculable.

Real pies are definitely the go, IMHO.

cranky 8:36 pm 06 Oct 11

Oh Al,

I love your work.

And couldn’t agree more.

Gungahlin Al 7:24 pm 06 Oct 11

This time it’s for real. The ACT Government has advised that they will be “officially opening” the full Gungahlin Drive from 10am tomorrow (Friday).

I’m sending a virtual custard pie to the face of John Hargreaves for refusing to listen to us (and everyone else) that two lanes would not be adequate, for putting us through so much traffic congestion for so many years, and for costing all ACT tax/ratepayers so many utterly avoidable $millions in extra road costs and drivers in extra running costs. The bitter memories of this road construction project shall forever be your legacy John as possibly the ACT’s least enlightened Transport Minister ever.

Gungahlin Al 4:15 pm 06 Oct 11

Keijidosha said :

Gungahlin Al said :

People just need to be a little patient.

Almost a decade of waiting requires more than a little patience.

Yeah OK – a little MORE patient? 🙂

Keijidosha 2:31 pm 06 Oct 11

Gungahlin Al said :

People just need to be a little patient.

Almost a decade of waiting requires more than a little patience.

Gungahlin Al 11:53 am 06 Oct 11

People just need to be a little patient. They expect to have it all wrapped up by tomorrow. In the meantime, the 60kph limit is in place so people can benefit from the extra lanes while giving some measure of security to those guys doing the last landscaping and clean-up jobs.

But if people are comfortable donating their hard-earned to the wallopers, then rest assured they are active.

montana 11:36 am 06 Oct 11

^ but even if that man wasnt there sweeping, it would have had no effect on belconnen way exit lane…

because even when i finally got onto the exit lane, i still had to wait 3 cycles of green lights before i finally got onto belconnen way.

traffic will always queue up back onto the GDE’s left lane in peak hour times.

buzz819 10:42 am 06 Oct 11

montana said :

well i gave the GDE a chance this morning. And as I suspected, the traffic builds up at the belconnen way exit, all the way back up to the GDE itself. I should point out there was some other blockage up ahead going over the belconnen bridge, but this wouldnt have been the cause of the log jam on the belconnen way exit.

3 solutions:

– increase the timing of the lights so that it lets more than 6 cars in each cycle.
– add a third lane for cars to queue
– get rid of the left turning lights altogether, its amazing how many opportunities you potentially get to turn left, due to the size of the intersection, it takes forever for the oncoming cars to even come close to you from a standing stop. plenty of time for cars to go through.

well back to my lyneham, o’conner route tomorrow.

As for the speed limit on the GDE. i think it should be variable: peak hour 80km/h, any other time 100km/h
The entries lanes are plenty long enough, just that people dont know how to speed up enough to get to the same speed as oncoming traffic.

OMG and its school holidays, imagine the build up come peak time.

This was because of some stupid traffic management/road works.

They closed the slip lane, for no apparent reason and forced all that traffic over to the right, then up further they forced both lanes back across to the left because a man was sweeping.

montana 9:37 am 06 Oct 11

well i gave the GDE a chance this morning. And as I suspected, the traffic builds up at the belconnen way exit, all the way back up to the GDE itself. I should point out there was some other blockage up ahead going over the belconnen bridge, but this wouldnt have been the cause of the log jam on the belconnen way exit.

3 solutions:

– increase the timing of the lights so that it lets more than 6 cars in each cycle.
– add a third lane for cars to queue
– get rid of the left turning lights altogether, its amazing how many opportunities you potentially get to turn left, due to the size of the intersection, it takes forever for the oncoming cars to even come close to you from a standing stop. plenty of time for cars to go through.

well back to my lyneham, o’conner route tomorrow.

As for the speed limit on the GDE. i think it should be variable: peak hour 80km/h, any other time 100km/h
The entries lanes are plenty long enough, just that people dont know how to speed up enough to get to the same speed as oncoming traffic.

OMG and its school holidays, imagine the build up come peak time.

Mr Gillespie 4:12 pm 05 Oct 11

Djk #64 maybe if they are too drunk to stick to their side of the witch’s hats maybe they shouldn’t be at work at all!

djk 11:20 am 05 Oct 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Do we get an apology from the roadworkers (or their bosses) for the 60 and 40 signs strewn about the place, on top of the constant traffic jams these caused? I think being told to slow down on an already bottlenecked road is like adding insult to injury, rubbing salt into the wounds, and on a daily basis.

Fancy those scoundrels wanting you to slow down to a safe speed while they are working ~1 metre away from your 1.5 tonne hunk of metal!

New Yeah 11:05 am 05 Oct 11

It will always be John Dedman Drive to me.

And I wonder when it will get shut down for the third lane to be installed.

Mr Gillespie 9:49 am 05 Oct 11

Do we get an apology from the roadworkers (or their bosses) for the 60 and 40 signs strewn about the place, on top of the constant traffic jams these caused? I think being told to slow down on an already bottlenecked road is like adding insult to injury, rubbing salt into the wounds, and on a daily basis. Thank God I have never had to use that road, but imagine those (including friends of mine who live on the northside and worked on the southside) who have had to endure this hell on a daily basis.

We got HALF an apology from the Labor government, some of it excuses blaming the Liberals, and some of it because of those greenie rednecks (aka “Save The Ridge”) who tried to use the court system to have the GDE stopped.

buzz819 9:01 am 05 Oct 11

PrinceOfAles said :

Why can`t it be 90km/h from the lights at Mitchell all the way down to the Glenloch Interchange? Surely that would be reasonable. Gungahlin Drive from there on is as good as any motorway in Sydney or elsewhere.

Right that’s enough… 10 minute sin bin, using to much common sense… Off you go…

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