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Government apologises for Barry Drive cockup

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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EvanJames 3:31 pm 08 Mar 13

Blokes are on moreshead drive today, between the Duntroon playing fields, knocking down trees and grinding them up into chips. I imagine there’s been a full study on the best way to completely stuff up one of the busiest traffic areas leading into Canberra.

bundah 2:54 pm 08 Mar 13

Thumper said :

EvanJames said :

grump said :

9:40am this morning there was one, yes I counted them all) ONE, guy working on this whole strip between Clunies Ross street and the turn in to ANU.

ONE!!! 🙁

was he putting out more cones and closing more of the road? Then you won’t see any activity for months, but the closed bits will stay closed. And around it goes.

Incorrect.

I’ve seen the figures put out by Katy and they say that 200 people were working on that stretch of road.

Well who am i to dispute the numbers? If Katy says there’s 200 then 200 it is after all they’ve never fudged the figures!

Thumper 1:25 pm 08 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

grump said :

9:40am this morning there was one, yes I counted them all) ONE, guy working on this whole strip between Clunies Ross street and the turn in to ANU.

ONE!!! 🙁

was he putting out more cones and closing more of the road? Then you won’t see any activity for months, but the closed bits will stay closed. And around it goes.

Incorrect.

I’ve seen the figures put out by Katy and they say that 200 people were working on that stretch of road.

Alderney 12:58 pm 08 Mar 13

Did Tony get hauled in to Katy’s office because she was caught in a traffic delay? I thought she took a helicopter to work given that Gov Co seems oblivious to the pain inflicted upon the citizenry.

The reason for the continual roadworks is called a budget cycle.

Why is the Monaro 60 where it used to be 90 (personally think it should be 80 for a bit but there you go) after coming across the river? There isn’t even a blade of grass turned on this section. Just because there is going to be roadworks along there sometime in the next 4 years doesn’t mean we need to practice at going slower.

And why are the 60 take care no lines signs out after lines have been marked?

Amateurs, the lot of them.

EvanJames 12:19 pm 08 Mar 13

grump said :

9:40am this morning there was one, yes I counted them all) ONE, guy working on this whole strip between Clunies Ross street and the turn in to ANU.

ONE!!! 🙁

was he putting out more cones and closing more of the road? Then you won’t see any activity for months, but the closed bits will stay closed. And around it goes.

grump 9:57 am 08 Mar 13

9:40am this morning there was one, yes I counted them all) ONE, guy working on this whole strip between Clunies Ross street and the turn in to ANU.

ONE!!! 🙁

dpm 12:13 pm 07 Mar 13

bundah said :

Raping the gubmint is something the contractors have been allowed to do for decades and therein lies the problem.If Canberrans only knew the smug attitude contractors had they’d be shocked.It’s a licence to print money.

A few months ago (yep, it’s been going a while there!) I was stopped at one of the sets of lights on Barry Dr where they are working.
There were 8 (yes, 8) workers standing around chatting, while one of them (who looked about 70) shovelled a small pile of gravel into the bucket of a bobcat – one shovel load every 30 secs or so.
I so wanted to take a pic, but thought they might run over and thump me if they busted me! Anyway, nice work if you can get it! 🙂

hotwaterservice 11:23 am 07 Mar 13

Thumper said :

c_c™ said :

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

Well, we don’t live in the third world, so, your point?

Yes … we live in a fourth world country. A third world country would know better! 😎

shirty_bear 10:46 am 07 Mar 13

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

No, they could not be less ept.

zorro29 9:59 am 07 Mar 13

poor commuters…this apology doesn’t exactly get their time back does it? sounds terrible…

bundah 9:50 am 07 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

The way ACT government “manages” road works in the ACT is an utter debacle. They seem to manage to contract the most feral, unaccountable companies they can find, who spend the longest time on a project, and specialise in erecting signs, cones and closing bits of the road and then vanishing for weeks.

Then they have out-of-control contractors like this who can create chaos, and evidently have little or no comeback.

And when the roadworks are “finished”, they then have to come back and fix them when the road starts falling apart (egs Oaks Estate Rd intersection where a yawning gulf opens up periodically, and the new lane on Majura Road that also opened up a week after being opened).

Raping the gubmint is something the contractors have been allowed to do for decades and therein lies the problem.If Canberrans only knew the smug attitude contractors had they’d be shocked.It’s a licence to print money.

EvanJames 9:39 am 07 Mar 13

dtc said :

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.

When the roads are overloaded, anything that makes the traffic stop will cause it to back up for kms, and the blockage will keep going until the traffic eases. viz the mess on Pialligo Ave back into Queanbeyan, caused by the lights at Fairbairn Park.

EvanJames 9:34 am 07 Mar 13

The way ACT government “manages” road works in the ACT is an utter debacle. They seem to manage to contract the most feral, unaccountable companies they can find, who spend the longest time on a project, and specialise in erecting signs, cones and closing bits of the road and then vanishing for weeks.

Then they have out-of-control contractors like this who can create chaos, and evidently have little or no comeback.

And when the roadworks are “finished”, they then have to come back and fix them when the road starts falling apart (egs Oaks Estate Rd intersection where a yawning gulf opens up periodically, and the new lane on Majura Road that also opened up a week after being opened).

puggy 8:37 am 07 Mar 13

KB1971 said :

Oh how I love commuting on my bike……..

Me too, but there is something not quite right when, in a city of 350k, I can ride a bicycle into work, change and shower, faster than I can drive (and I park 30m from my desk!). And, I don’t see the situation changing after they’ve completed the roadworks either.

bundah 8:32 am 07 Mar 13

JC said :

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Pray tell how is the government responsible for this? Hmm, they hire a contractor to do the work, the contractor seriously screws up, government kicks them in the bum. What more could they do?

Hmm let’s see how about vetting more carefully and setting out clear guidelines that under no circumstances would unapproved works during peak hour be tolerated and failure to conform would result in fines and no opportunity of being considered for future works.

JC 7:20 am 07 Mar 13

bundah said :

Seriously could the gubmint be any more inept?

Pray tell how is the government responsible for this? Hmm, they hire a contractor to do the work, the contractor seriously screws up, government kicks them in the bum. What more could they do?

KB1971 7:11 am 07 Mar 13

Oh how I love commuting on my bike……..

pink little birdie 12:07 am 07 Mar 13

it’s been backed up to eastern valley way all this week so far.I smile as I ride over the overpass each morning and see it backed up.

thatsnotme 11:36 pm 06 Mar 13

c_c™ said :

thatsnotme said :

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.

You driven on a Californian road lately? Or perhaps closer to home, the M5 in Sydney?

Get some perspective.

What’s your point? Because other roadworks have been mismanaged, we shouldn’t expect any better?

Yes, I’ve driven the M5 recently. It doesn’t compare to the Barry Drive works in any way. No, I’ve not driven in California – why you’d even mention it is a mystery to me.

I have driven along Parkes Way a lot though, and aside from the bridges, which have been delayed due to a company collapse, work is progressing well.

The pace of road works in this city is a joke. If you’ve got another perspective on it, then share it. Hiding behind cheap and meaningless phrases, or comparing to states on the other side of the world, means nothing.

There’s my perspective.

Mysteryman 10:59 pm 06 Mar 13

thatsnotme said :

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.

Well said.

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