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Government apologises for Barry Drive cockup

By johnboy - 6 March 2013 42

Tony Gill has been thrust forward to catch bullets for this morning’s latest conniptions on Barry Drive:

The ACT Government wishes to apologise to motorists and other road users for this morning’s traffic delays on Barry Drive.

“The delays were caused by unapproved works by the contractor during the morning peak,” said Tony Gill, Director, Roads ACT.

“We have spoken to the contractor this morning to remind them of their responsibilities to ensure there will not be a repeat episode.”

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Government apologises for Barry Drive cockup
thatsnotme 9:43 pm 06 Mar 13

c_c™ said :

Public works, first world problems, cue the whinging again.

Oh please, if there were one phrase that I could expunge from the vocabulary, it’d be ‘first world problems’. I’m not about to apologise for being pissed off when first world companies, with first world employees, being paid first world rates, using first world equipment, deliver third world results.

banco 9:05 pm 06 Mar 13

Tetranitrate said :

Barry drive has had roadworks going on 3 years now. They were putting in the bus-lane further up throughout most of 2010, and there’s been other stuff going on more or less continously since.
Just how long does it take?

Agreed and doesn’t seem to have improved anything.

LSWCHP 8:08 pm 06 Mar 13

grump said :

Pork Hunt said :

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Give them a chance mate, the Majura Parkway works have only just started…

+1

anyone else of the view all these road works are seriously under resourced? 2 men and an arthritic dog with one steam shovel and a small bucket on most sites it seems, way less than required to get the job done in a reasonable time frame.

Absolutely right. The road construction sites are always hives of inactivity. You could fire a machine gun across most of the sites, as I often wish to do, without endangering anybody except the backed up queues of motorists.

I drove down the GDE this morning later than usual after returning late last night from an interstate business trip, and saw the slip lane onto Barry Drive had cars backed up to the Stadium, as others have noted. My heart sank. I thought it wasn’t going to be good, and I was correct. The effects seemed to flow everywhere, not helped by what looked like a 4 car crash at the start of the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Where do I submit my invoice to the government for lost working time?

grump 6:42 pm 06 Mar 13

Pork Hunt said :

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Give them a chance mate, the Majura Parkway works have only just started…

+1

anyone else of the view all these road works are seriously under resourced? 2 men and an arthritic dog with one steam shovel and a small bucket on most sites it seems, way less than required to get the job done in a reasonable time frame.

bundah 6:37 pm 06 Mar 13

Pork Hunt said :

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Give them a chance mate, the Majura Parkway works have only just started…

Oh ye of little faith pork they’ll finish it early and under budget 🙂

Pork Hunt 6:35 pm 06 Mar 13

c_c™ said :

Public works, first world problems, cue the whinging again.

A bit like first world luxury cars that are good for 250? Cue the whinging…

gazket 6:32 pm 06 Mar 13

Tony Gill probably on a 457

Pork Hunt 6:26 pm 06 Mar 13

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Give them a chance mate, the Majura Parkway works have only just started…

milkman 6:23 pm 06 Mar 13

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

No.

c_c™ 6:23 pm 06 Mar 13

Public works, first world problems, cue the whinging again.

bundah 6:11 pm 06 Mar 13

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Tetranitrate 6:01 pm 06 Mar 13

Barry drive has had roadworks going on 3 years now. They were putting in the bus-lane further up throughout most of 2010, and there’s been other stuff going on more or less continously since.
Just how long does it take?

damien haas 5:58 pm 06 Mar 13

Its a good thing that busway was built.

dtc 5:22 pm 06 Mar 13

I dont drive past this area but it looks like a complete nightmare. Surely its going to be finished soon, its just a bus lane for gods sake.

Its not even going to do anything other than install another set of traffic lights which will clog up the roads even more – anyone notice how Limestone Ave is chockers around Ainslie up to near the lights just before the War Memorial ie where there are lots of traffic lights; then after that there are no lights and the traffic flows smoothly. Adding lights, especially when they aren’t synched, creates traffic jams. Barry Drive will now have 5 sets of lights within about 1km, plus another 2 in Cooyong St. And Marcus Clarke St gets another set of lights, so it now has 4 sets within about 500m.

Glad I ride to work.

montana 4:50 pm 06 Mar 13

for those who didnt experience the traffic, they closed up one of the 2 lanes on barry drive and the traffic got backed up all the way on the GDE (all the way to canberra stadium)

and also backed up belconnen way i assume pretty far there too

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