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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?

What’s Your opinion?


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GDE Stage 2 starting soon, completion much later
harley 2:36 pm 08 Sep 09

When I moved up here in 2007 they were working on Glenloch. They didn’t finish that long ago. Now they’re at it again.

We’re extending our house. We spent an extra 25% over what we really should have to put on some extra space so we didn’t have to extend again once the kids got a bit older. We know they’ll need the space.

The Gubmint was sitting on nice surplusses, with a nearly billion dollar war chest at the time, why couldn’t they be smart about it then? They knew it was needed, and it wouldn’t have been as painful to the bottom line as our supercharged extension is to us. Now Glenloch is going to be screwed again for another 2 years. Glad I don’t use it except to get to Bunnings.

caf 2:36 pm 08 Sep 09

PigDog: The report on the radio this morning said that the first step is adding another bridge in Glenloch Interchange so I guess the media release is just worded badly.

Dante 2:34 pm 08 Sep 09

I sometimes wonder if the problem isn’t the roads but the drivers on it and their unwillingness to work together to ensure everyone gets to where they need to go safely.

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!!!”

Gobbo 2:26 pm 08 Sep 09

aronde said :

I’d love to see a map of how the Glenloch interchange will look when this is all done as that is where the problems really are at the moment. I can not find anything though searching the ACT Govt sites. Anyone come across it?

Here are a number of maps dealing with the GDE and the Glenloch interchange.

They probably are out of date by now, though.

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/roads/construction_and_maintenance/construction_projects/gungahlin_drive_extension/plans/maps#road_contruction_&_related_works

PigDog 2:20 pm 08 Sep 09

My reading of the media release is that they are duplicating about 3km’s from Belconnen Way to the Glenloch interchange – but are they fixing the main issue (in my eyes), which is the interchange itself?

“The ACT Government is investing $16.1 million to duplicate the GDE from Belconnen Way to the Glenloch interchange, as part of the $85 million GDE Stage 2 works…Work on this first section of the duplication will commence in two weeks and be completed in mid 2011.” An advisor for Mr Stanhope typed.

The Interchange is the bottleneck and you can have a thousand lanes either side, but it will still be a bottleneck until you fix the interchange itself, will they be fixing it? I imagine they are, but maybe the media release is poorly worded? I.e. Duplicating the GDE: It is four lanes between Belconnen Way and the Interchange – will it be eight?

TheObserver 2:18 pm 08 Sep 09

And of course no one considers the impact of more traffic arriving in Woden or Civic or Belconnen all at the same time……

And do you know what causes most delays on the GDE – people not keeping a proper lookout and pranging – then every other man and woman slowing down to rubberneck – even though the vehicles are moved onto the median strip out of the way. What ails them?

aronde 1:45 pm 08 Sep 09

I’d love to see a map of how the Glenloch interchange will look when this is all done as that is where the problems really are at the moment. I can not find anything though searching the ACT Govt sites. Anyone come across it?

roccon 1:35 pm 08 Sep 09

Br1anL said :

So I am confused….. to quote JS “

The ACT Government is investing $16.1 million to duplicate the GDE from Belconnen Way to the Glenloch interchange, as part of the $85 million GDE Stage 2 works,” Mr Stanhope said.

Isnt that stretch already duplicated following the first screwup of the GDE.

Are we paying for it again?

Pretty sure he means the cost of duplicating the bridge over Belconnen Way….. one hopes…..and the corresponding work required.

Br1anL 1:23 pm 08 Sep 09

So I am confused….. to quote JS “

The ACT Government is investing $16.1 million to duplicate the GDE from Belconnen Way to the Glenloch interchange, as part of the $85 million GDE Stage 2 works,” Mr Stanhope said.

Isnt that stretch already duplicated following the first screwup of the GDE.

Are we paying for it again?

caf 1:21 pm 08 Sep 09

The first bit of works is actually duplication (including a new bridge) at Glenloch Interchange.

Deckard 1:05 pm 08 Sep 09

roccon said :

More lanes on the GDE north of Belconnen Way may not actually help.

True. I think the problem is Glenloch interchange, not the GDE.

Kramer 1:05 pm 08 Sep 09

Make Bindubi (sp?) Street and Coulter Drive both into dual carriage ways too!

roccon 12:52 pm 08 Sep 09

This government can sure waste money. Should have been built in one go years ago. Also, more lanes are required through the Glenloch and to the Cotter road intersection on the Tuggers Parkway, another lane needs to be added eastbound from the GDE into the City.

More lanes on the GDE north of Belconnen Way may not actually help.

Spectra 12:49 pm 08 Sep 09

In fairness, those timeframes are pretty much unchanged from the “four years from now” they promised at last year’s election.

Of course, schedules and reality are two things that rarely match up…

Thumper 12:45 pm 08 Sep 09

maybe the GDE should become the ACT’s first toll road?

Maybe these muppets could have built it properly the first time around.

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