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Kings Avenue carpark no more?

By johnboy 20 September 2011 27

The National Capital Authority has announced the opening of their massive Kings Avenue overpass:

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean today officially opened the Kings Avenue overpass, which replaced the Russell roundabout at the intersection of Parkes Way, Morshead Drive and Kings Avenue.

Mr Crean said the $30 million overpass represented a major investment in infrastructure.

‘The Kings Avenue overpass is a great example of the Federal Government’s commitment to reinforcing Canberra’s status as a world class city,’ Mr Crean said.

‘It is the most significant piece of urban and traffic infrastructure to be constructed in Canberra’s National Triangle since Parliament House was completed 23 years ago.

‘The project employed 250 local workers and was constructed over two years.

‘A long established local company, Woden Contractors, was awarded the contract, and the work provided a boost for the local economy, especially during tough economic times in 2009. The project ensured the local asphalt mill remained open during the economic downturn.

‘The overpass has untangled a bad traffic jam and improved travel times between the city, Parliament House and Canberra Airport – it’s a win-win for all road users.’

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I-filed 10:00 pm 26 Sep 11

Redkey said :

When heading north on Kings Avenue and then turning west onto the entrance ramp to Parkes Way, has anyone else noticed how difficult it is to merge during peak late afternoon traffic? The ramp doesn’t seem to be long enough to provide adequate time or distance to allow entering traffic to match speed and merge safely. Visibility is not good and the entrance lane comes to an abrupt end rather than gradually merging. In the short time it has been open and roadwork speed limits removed, I have seen a number of near misses.

Yep – see post #15. It’s about a quarter the length that the merge lane should be. Would love to know the qualifications of the “designer” who allowed that through. I have a near miss pretty much every time I use it – either a risk of being collected on merging, or a risk of being collided from behind. I was nearly rear-ended this very afternoon. When you’re in a merge lane like that you need a lot of extra space to allow for checking back yourself at the traffic while keeping an eye on the merging car in front of you, in case they have to come to a dead stop. FAIL, Minister for Urban Services!

screaming banshee 9:18 pm 26 Sep 11

Wow, I’ve never seen traffic moving well enough for cars to have to merge above about 20kph. Now that traffic is flowing so freely through the new section the line up for the Anzac ave roundabout is back past your merge.

Redkey 7:12 pm 26 Sep 11

When heading north on Kings Avenue and then turning west onto the entrance ramp to Parkes Way, has anyone else noticed how difficult it is to merge during peak late afternoon traffic? The ramp doesn’t seem to be long enough to provide adequate time or distance to allow entering traffic to match speed and merge safely. Visibility is not good and the entrance lane comes to an abrupt end rather than gradually merging. In the short time it has been open and roadwork speed limits removed, I have seen a number of near misses.

yellowsnow 9:50 am 21 Sep 11

puggy said :

EvanJames said :

And, the peak hour traffic, especially in the mornings, is exacerbated by people driving their kids to school.

Quite a large pet peeve of mine. Don’t enjoy dodging 4WDs barrelling up the kerbs over the bike paths to find a park because they don’t trust their 8 year old at a supervised crossing (I’m looking at you Burgmann). I was seven and catching four buses a day, alone, while some I know drive their kids 800m to school.

I know of people who live in Gungahlin, work in the city or northside, but driver their kids to schools on the southside!! And vice versa – Tuggers, Woden, Jerra kids being driven to schools in Dickson etc. Crazy! The amount of extra morning traffic this generates is mind boggling

puggy 8:47 am 21 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

And, the peak hour traffic, especially in the mornings, is exacerbated by people driving their kids to school.

Quite a large pet peeve of mine. Don’t enjoy dodging 4WDs barrelling up the kerbs over the bike paths to find a park because they don’t trust their 8 year old at a supervised crossing (I’m looking at you Burgmann). I was seven and catching four buses a day, alone, while some I know drive their kids 800m to school.

Deref 8:19 am 21 Sep 11

yellowsnow said :

Frustrated said :

Perhaps, if we didn’t have so many blow-ins from regional NSW etc over the past two decades, Traffic in Canberra would not build up at peak hrs like it now does.

It was such a great drive to work back in the mid-late 80s, before the influx of the bogans from Country NSW etc.

It’s not just the country people. There’s been a lot of development in Canberra since the 1980s — over 50,000 extra people in the Gungahlin area alone — all of which brings traffic. Densely packed Gungahlin is one of the reasons traffic is so much worse on northside than south, but now the south will have Molonglo so chaos and peak hour misery will be more equitably distributed.

Before self-government roads actually seemed to be planned to handle traffic as it built up, so new suburbs weren’t so much of a problem. Since self-government: roads seem to be built ten years after they’re needed, construction takes three times longer than needs be, further disrupting traffic flows, and by the time new roads are finished they’re already at capacity. But, yes, out of towners contribute to the problem too. Wonder how many people commute into Canberra daily? Anyone got a number?

+1

Don’t forget the increased density of areas that have been filled with blocks of flats, like Kingston and City West. All that’s come without any changes to the infrastructure designed in the 60s for a vastly smaller city. The level of incompetence is mind-boggling.

poetix 8:00 am 21 Sep 11

Primal said :

What the zark is the National Triangle?

It’s like the Bermuda Triangle, but for cars.

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