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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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youami 12:54 pm 13 Jan 10

H1NG0 said :

youami, I think you are right that roads shouldn’t be built dual lane by default in the outer new suburbs. Roads should expand with population and demand, but in the case of the GDE, this is connecting major areas of Canberra and is supposed to be an alternative to Northbourne Avenue. Not making that dual lane is a joke and an embarrassment. We are talking about connecting thousands of people from one side of Canberra to another.

As for alternative routes, there are alternative routes but not all of those are viable options. I have lived here for quite a few years now and know the area well. The section of road where the accident occurred is the only way through Gungahlin Lakes golf course. This story wasn’t a whinge and I wasn’t concerned by the delay. I’m not exactly all that keen to get to work on a Monday 🙂

Fair point, I don’t live in Gungahlin so maybe the alternatives are not ideal, just my observations and my interest/hobby in road and town planning. And I do agree that the GDE should have been dual carriageway from the start. I won’t argue that point, even though it really is Glenloch that is the problem not the GDE itself. But it is my understanding that ‘they’ were going to make it dual carriageway from the start but the legal action against the government re: O’Connor Ridge meant the money to duplicate was spent up in court defending the road. And apparently, it was also soaked up the money that was earmarked to build a bypass around the airport past Fairbairn. But that could all be hearsay.

Helen 11:34 am 13 Jan 10

youami said :

Ok I was probably affected by the heat today…

I know what you mean about the heat!

I know roads cost a lot – and I like your point that maybe the government just didn’t have the money to build a dual carriageway. Although I’m kinda ashamed to admit it, that actually never occurred to me. I’m glad that they at least left room for duplication in the future. But maybe it’s something that they could think about when (if) planning suburban areas as large as Gungahlin in the future, and work it into their budget. Because it is definite that there is going to be a lot of development out in that section of Gungahlin in the near future – it’s just dependent on when the government releases land. (Personally, I wish they’d release a lot of it and soon – a big glut of land available on the market might make things a bit more affordable!)

Anyway, it’s all a bit pointless because Gungahlin Dr is already built. I just hope that there aren’t any more accidents. Maybe they need to lower the speed limit to 70km/h – because that’s the speed the majority of people do along there and it’s the impatient people wanting to do the speed limit that are the biggest risk.

H1NG0 9:08 pm 12 Jan 10

youami, I think you are right that roads shouldn’t be built dual lane by default in the outer new suburbs. Roads should expand with population and demand, but in the case of the GDE, this is connecting major areas of Canberra and is supposed to be an alternative to Northbourne Avenue. Not making that dual lane is a joke and an embarrassment. We are talking about connecting thousands of people from one side of Canberra to another.

As for alternative routes, there are alternative routes but not all of those are viable options. I have lived here for quite a few years now and know the area well. The section of road where the accident occurred is the only way through Gungahlin Lakes golf course. This story wasn’t a whinge and I wasn’t concerned by the delay. I’m not exactly all that keen to get to work on a Monday 🙂

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