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Gungahlin Drive closure this morning

By H1NG0 - 11 January 2010 23

Driving to work this morning, part of Gungahlin drive was blocked off just past the Gungahlin Lakes intersection and before the first roundabout.  Been looking around on the internet but haven’t found out why it was closed. Anyone have any information? Caused quite a bit of traffic disturbance as this is a pretty major artery for people in Ngunnawal, Casey and Nicholls and there is no quick detour.

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Gungahlin Drive closure this morning
H1NG0 1:49 pm 12 Jan 10

Helen said :

eh_steve said :

Single lane theory comes home to roost? As a former Wanganeen avenue resident I think that road is fine as single lane, and as far as ‘coming home to roost’, that road has been there for a while. Most residents in every other capital city can handle far busier single lane roads, that part of Gungahlin Drive literally services the final suburb between Canberra and Holbrook.

I lived part-time in a house on a street off Wanganeen Ave for 18 months and I don’t believe that section of Gungahlin Dr is fine as single lane. Driving along there in peak hour is awful, especially when heading home in the evening trying to go through the form one lane just past the Gundaroo Dr intersection. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been a worse accident – either there or on Gundaroo Dr.
Also, that part of Gungahlin Dr services more than “the final suburb between Canberra and Holbrook”. It services three large suburbs (Amaroo, Nicholls and Ngunnawal) with a fourth (Casey) coming along quickly, and I don’t know how many more in the future. Maybe when the road was originally constructed single lane was suitable, but it certainly isn’t now.

I’ll have to agree with Helen. I used to live on Wanganeen and I now live close by and it is a bottle neck. Remember there is a bridge for part of that section with armco fencing either side with no room for error. I have seen people make overtaking moves in this area countless times. They need to extend it to dual lane from the lights to the Wanganeen intersection.

PM 10:29 am 12 Jan 10

I know it isn’t the GDE, but it seems a greater proportion of roads in the “newer” Gungahlin area (relative to other parts of Canberra, even if the road has been there for a while) appear to be single lane than multiple. It’s just a bugbear of mine – the roads put in Canberra 30-40 years ago were IMHO much better planned for the long term interest.

Helen 10:19 am 12 Jan 10

eh_steve said :

Single lane theory comes home to roost? As a former Wanganeen avenue resident I think that road is fine as single lane, and as far as ‘coming home to roost’, that road has been there for a while. Most residents in every other capital city can handle far busier single lane roads, that part of Gungahlin Drive literally services the final suburb between Canberra and Holbrook.

I lived part-time in a house on a street off Wanganeen Ave for 18 months and I don’t believe that section of Gungahlin Dr is fine as single lane. Driving along there in peak hour is awful, especially when heading home in the evening trying to go through the form one lane just past the Gundaroo Dr intersection. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been a worse accident – either there or on Gundaroo Dr.
Also, that part of Gungahlin Dr services more than “the final suburb between Canberra and Holbrook”. It services three large suburbs (Amaroo, Nicholls and Ngunnawal) with a fourth (Casey) coming along quickly, and I don’t know how many more in the future. Maybe when the road was originally constructed single lane was suitable, but it certainly isn’t now.

eh_steve 12:28 am 12 Jan 10

Single lane theory comes home to roost? As a former Wanganeen avenue resident I think that road is fine as single lane, and as far as ‘coming home to roost’, that road has been there for a while. Most residents in every other capital city can handle far busier single lane roads, that part of Gungahlin Drive literally services the final suburb between Canberra and Holbrook.

BenMac 9:40 pm 11 Jan 10

I drove past this at 7am this morning. Must have just happened because there were no emergencies services in attendance. Because the road was blocked, I, like many other motorists jumped the curb and drove onto the grass (the side without the bike path) to get around it. Everyone seemed ok as there wasn’t any hurry from the witnesses who’d stop[ed. Everyone was just standing/walking around.

From the tyre skids that are visible (although this is only me guessing), it looks like the car in the Ngunnawal/Casey bound lane crossed the centre line and impacted head on into the city bound lane. For those that know the area, it was right where the golf course has been doing some construction work.

Here: Google Map

TP 3000 8:49 pm 11 Jan 10

H1NG0 said :

I think it might be time they updated this section to divided dual lane all the way to Barton Highway, especially now that Casey is going up in a big way.

Well the ultimate plan is to extend Gungahlin Drive back through to the Barton Highway, it would intersect at Kuringa Drive.

Since there are plans & provisions to duplicate Mulligans Flat Road (dirt road north of Forde/Bonner). I would say the duplication of Gungahlin Drive North wouldn’t be too far off. But I suspect this work may be held off until work starts on the Casey Group Centre (North Casey/South Taylor).

But then again the ACT Government plans on making the main drag for Molonglo duplicated from day one & to eventually become a 3 lane each way road. While some areas have to wait 10 years+ for anything like this. So anything goes with any Government.

troll-sniffer 6:42 pm 11 Jan 10

“There was a head on collision just between the roundabout and gungahlin lakes”

Which was at fault, the roundabout or the body of water? Glad to see no other object was involved.

(Flippant I know but it could be read that way 🙂

bd84 5:06 pm 11 Jan 10

It could be either Gungahlin Dr on the Ngnunnawal & Nicholls side which is one lane each way not separated or Gundaroo Drive between the Barton Hwy and Gungahlin Drive near Palmerston and Crace.

Thoroughly Smashed 4:26 pm 11 Jan 10

H1NG0 said :

Am I missing something? The section where the crash occurred was single lane both way.

Maybe, maybe not. Since it’s a pretty popular topic on RA, and from the way it was worded, I interpreted PM’s comment to be a rant about the GDE.

damien haas 3:54 pm 11 Jan 10

the volume of traffic this road takes along its entire length justifies upgrading to dual carriageway. i wonder how many accidents are caused by momentary lapses in concentration leading to disastrous head on accidents.

H1NG0 3:40 pm 11 Jan 10

Am I missing something? The section where the crash occurred was single lane both way.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:48 pm 11 Jan 10

PM said :

Ah… the single-lane-each-way idea comes home to roost.

Yeah, damn that road on which the accident didn’t occur!

H1NG0 1:58 pm 11 Jan 10

I think it might be time they updated this section to divided dual lane all the way to Barton Highway, especially now that Casey is going up in a big way. I have often seen lunatics trying to overtake in that short section and it is only a matter of time before someone is killed.

PM 11:32 am 11 Jan 10

Ah… the single-lane-each-way idea comes home to roost.

But I do hope those in the accident are OK; we’ve already lost too many on the roads this year.

ROOSTERFAN 10:46 am 11 Jan 10

There was a head on collision just between the roundabout and gungahlin lakes

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