There is a lot of news disseminated here about changes to traffic conditions due to road works, what you don’t get to find out though is that they might do something silly like stop traffic during peak hour.
“They can do all the road works, curvy roads and 40 signs they like, but they will never make us as slow as a form one lane.” – William Wallace, after living in Canberra for a bit.
South to North on the Monaro is used to merging shenanigans and the funnel of one lane at the end, but this morning was as bad as it has been for quite some time, because they had a guy holding a stop sign on a bridge. What effect did this have: Monaro was back to the triple x signs in Hume, and it seems the constant flowing and very angry motorists spewing into civic from the Monaro completely shut down traffic from the Parkway, clogging all of Canberra’s favourite roundabouts.
The guys who do the planning for the road construction are meant to know about the affects their decisions make. 1% – 5% difference in through-put spells a mess between seven and nine (Star Trek fans please stop sweating). I think they do know these things, but when they get this stuff wrong, are they held accountable?
The worst form of planning I’ve seen for peak hour was for the Multicultural Festival in February, they were setting up for a week, but for some reason decided to close a part of London Circuit the morning before it started. The effect was felt through all of the arterial roads in Canberra. Will they do this again or has someone learnt from it?
Is it worth brining these sort of concerns up with anyone? People have a job to do and if they do it wrong they need to learn, especially when it can have follow on effects for businesses, etc..
Don’t get me started on tiny driveways + illegal to park on nature strip + tiny roads = bad urban design and rubbish man refuses to come to your street in Gungahlin; I like to think when they mess up on that scale someone gets the sack.