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GDE Stage 2 starting soon, completion much later

By Kramer - 8 September 2009 47

Chief Minister and Minister for All Things Important, Jon Stanhope announced the imminent commencement of GDE stage 2. It will start in 2 weeks, but don’t hold your breath, as the first part won’t be completed until mid 2011, with the remainder due around 2012. There goes the land and house prices in Gungahlin again!

With the total cost of GDE stage 2 coming in at $85 million, and I suspect it is more likely to blow out to over $100 million, maybe the GDE should become the ACT’s first toll road?

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Kent Street 9:42 pm 08 Oct 09

Observing said :

shanefos said :

Speaking from the perspective of someone heading towards Civic on William Hovell Drive, if people didn’t lane hop trying to get a few car-lengths ahead congestion would be cut by half in and leading into Glenloch Interchange.
Sure, people going to Woden would still get caught in the shamozzle joining the traffic coming from the north, but if people showed just a tiny, little bit of forethought and either stayed in the right lane if they are going to Woden or the left if they’re going to Civic, Civic-bound traffic would barely need to slow once they got past the lights at Bindubi Street.
Totally agree that Glenloch is a joke though.

Oh so you’re one of those that stays in the right lane slowing people down, even though you are supposed to be in the left lane unless overtaking. I think if people read the road rules, then congestion would be cut by half.

For the ‘lane hoppers’, I applaud you for following the road rules.

How about you check out the signage. It clearly indicates that the right lane ONLY progresses to Woden/Tuggeranong. The fact that these useless twats built the road differently is not the fault of the driver. If that left lane didn’t continue on south, things would be a lot smoother as people would be in the correct lane before getting to the ineterchange – the same as it is heading north from the parkway.

youami 10:03 am 11 Sep 09

Observing said :

shanefos said :

Speaking from the perspective of someone heading towards Civic on William Hovell Drive, if people didn’t lane hop trying to get a few car-lengths ahead congestion would be cut by half in and leading into Glenloch Interchange.
Sure, people going to Woden would still get caught in the shamozzle joining the traffic coming from the north, but if people showed just a tiny, little bit of forethought and either stayed in the right lane if they are going to Woden or the left if they’re going to Civic, Civic-bound traffic would barely need to slow once they got past the lights at Bindubi Street.
Totally agree that Glenloch is a joke though.

Oh so you’re one of those that stays in the right lane slowing people down, even though you are supposed to be in the left lane unless overtaking. I think if people read the road rules, then congestion would be cut by half.

For the ‘lane hoppers’, I applaud you for following the road rules.

Check the road rules yourself, there is no obligation for a vehicle to keep left unless the road has a posted speed limit *above* 80km/h or there is a sign directing the driver to do so. I think you will find that neither conditions exist at Glenloch. But to take your point, I do agree keep left as a courtesy where practical would make sense and as a must when conditions above do exist (ie. on the Parkway or Parkes Way at 90km/h). Another lane through Glenloch to stop a merge from William Hovell might help the interchange flow. Having all carriageways double or triple lane will not (look at the Melbourne Eastlink)

Second rant: the problem with exit ramps such as those like at Ginninderra Dr is that they are controlled by lights (not a roundabout), legal speed limit is dropped to 60km/h for no reason, and that there is no merge for left-turns, ie. it is a hard left so vehicles have to practically stop rather than come off the exit at speed. It is ironic that Canberra is renowned for roundabouts but RTA insist on installing traffic lights and slow intersections for peak traffic flows that exist at most 2 hours a weekday.

Observing 12:53 pm 10 Sep 09

Dante said :

Instead, there’s an attitude of “Get out of my way.. don’t you even dare think about cutting in front of me! This is MY ROAD!!!”

No, this is MY ROAD! And if you try to move towards me, I will try to take you out in a mutual blaze of destruction instead of allowing you in and being a functional member of the community. Die, lane hopper!!!

Observing 12:49 pm 10 Sep 09

shanefos said :

Speaking from the perspective of someone heading towards Civic on William Hovell Drive, if people didn’t lane hop trying to get a few car-lengths ahead congestion would be cut by half in and leading into Glenloch Interchange.
Sure, people going to Woden would still get caught in the shamozzle joining the traffic coming from the north, but if people showed just a tiny, little bit of forethought and either stayed in the right lane if they are going to Woden or the left if they’re going to Civic, Civic-bound traffic would barely need to slow once they got past the lights at Bindubi Street.
Totally agree that Glenloch is a joke though.

Oh so you’re one of those that stays in the right lane slowing people down, even though you are supposed to be in the left lane unless overtaking. I think if people read the road rules, then congestion would be cut by half.

For the ‘lane hoppers’, I applaud you for following the road rules.

shanefos 9:46 am 10 Sep 09

Speaking from the perspective of someone heading towards Civic on William Hovell Drive, if people didn’t lane hop trying to get a few car-lengths ahead congestion would be cut by half in and leading into Glenloch Interchange.
Sure, people going to Woden would still get caught in the shamozzle joining the traffic coming from the north, but if people showed just a tiny, little bit of forethought and either stayed in the right lane if they are going to Woden or the left if they’re going to Civic, Civic-bound traffic would barely need to slow once they got past the lights at Bindubi Street.
Totally agree that Glenloch is a joke though.

Jamie Wheeler 8:01 am 10 Sep 09

The Glenloch interchange should be renamed more appropriately to the Gridlock interchange. What a complete and utter design f*** up. It often takes me nearly an hour to drive home from northside to southside via the GDE due to the triple lane merges. A single car even breaking down and parked on the side of the road is enough to cause a traffic chaos. Building all the extra lanes in the world won’t help the Gridlock interchange.

miz 3:09 pm 09 Sep 09

I hope they are ‘duplicating’ the countless merges you have to do on (I think it might still be called) Caswell Drive? SO dangerous and poorly planned.

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