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GDE = Total Failure

By Tempestas - 11 March 2008 45

Now that the southbound side of GDE is open all the way through to the parkway – I used it just like I have on other days I drive, and its now slower than it was with the diversions.

It would seem that all the entry ramps from the Barton highway to Parkes-way need to be changed if there is to be any traffic flow.

On turning onto GDE from the Barton highway I was able to merge into traffic that slowed to 25k/h speeding up to 40 before Ginninderra Exist Ramp, back to 10km/h for the entry ramp (PS the C%^$ in the silver Magna with LPG – merging one for one, does not mean waiting for the people in front of you to merge so you can speed up and get three cars in front) all the way to the Belconnen exit ramp, from there it slowed to a mobile car park until after the Aranda entry ramp and Civic traffic turned off.

So either the design was completely wrong (two lanes obviously an oversight of epic proportions) of there is something else going on, perhaps my friend in the magna took the civic exit at Belco to push in again at the Aranda entry ramp.

The previous Carnell/Smyth/Humpries Govt who approved the planning for this are obviously tools, the current Stanhope/Corbell/Hargreaves lot are equally culpable for doing nothing about fixing the disaster that will take another 3 years and probably $100million more.

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Tempestas 9:13 am 03 Apr 08

3 weeks on and its still no better. The merging thing is the problem at Barton Hwy then Ginninderra Drv, Belconnen Way and Parkes Way.

I’m beginning to wonder if it was faster before they commenced, although the addition of at least two new sets of lights on Hayden drive in that time hasn’t helped the alternative. Oh well its only another 5 to 10 years of this before you know who is sober enough to get to work on the duplication.

Dear Canberra drivers, if you have to cross the broken white lines you have to give way. Its really simple, see broken white lines, wait for a gap. I know wait is such a hard word when you are precious and important, but nothing bad will happen honest.

montana 12:01 pm 28 Mar 08

well, going from mckellar to southbound there’s now 2 less lights: One turning left from caswell onto parkes way, then another going straight towards the parkway. so in that respect its probably faster, but with the slow down from merging lanes, the advantage is no so clear cut.

i dont know how they are going to add in the extra lanes (which they definitley need to do soon) without disrupting the traffic.

Mælinar 11:25 am 28 Mar 08

Isn’t there more lights now than there were 4 years ago, equating to less straight through unmolested traffic ?

These idiots running the show would get knocked out by Anthony Mundine in a boxing fight.

montana 11:19 am 28 Mar 08

evryone is being TOO careful when merging, hence the build up of traffic.

It’s bloody annoying going southbound onto caswell, turning right up the belconnen way ramp, merging with the other turning right lane, then merging again with the GDE lane.
Then crawling at 40km/h single file until you get to Glenlock, you then merge YET AGAIN with the folks coming up the new Southbound Glenlock ramp from parkes way.

Why put so many merging lanes in a city of drivers that don’t know how to merge properly?

Also im not so sure they can fit 4 lanes over the GDE bridges. It looks very narrow.

I must say though that during non-peak hours the drive from mckellar to philip is alot faster now. But im only camparing this to the last few months which has encountered all the road works. Who knows if it’s any faster than what it was originally 4 years ago.

Growling Ferret 10:20 am 14 Mar 08

Same thing Tempe – the mongs from Belconnen have no idea how to merge and then the traffic backs up. Once they work it out then everything flows freely again.

All it takes is two idiots to slow the flow for everyone….

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