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Morshead drive gets an on-road path. Speed limit lowered.

By johnboy 27 March 2012 27

Territory and Municipal Services are advising that they’re putting an on-road path down to make up for the one which dropped into the river during the floods:

“The new arrangement will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely detour around the closed Molonglo Reach path which was damaged in recent flooding. This section will be protected by traffic barriers,” Director, Roads ACT, Tony Gill said today.

“Given the work will also involve the narrowing of road lanes to allow for the safety barriers, the speed limit on Morshead Drive (westbound) from Staff Cadet Avenue in Duntroon to Russell Drive in Russell will be reduced to 60 kilometres per hour.

“I urge motorists to be patient during these temporary road measures as there will be some traffic delays especially in the morning peak period. Motorists should consider seeking an alternative route where possible.

“In addition to providing safe passage for users, this temporary on-road path installation will allow permanent works to proceed. Currently public consultation is underway to determine opinions on the proposed use of the former Belconnen Way pedestrian bridge.

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screaming banshee 10:52 pm 20 Apr 12

Yes, now they both say SLOW DOWN.

80kph it is then

melon1234 7:27 pm 20 Apr 12

screaming banshee said :

I’ll gladly refer to sgt bungers expertise but driving through I’ve noticed the only thing advising a 60kph limit is the variable message trailer thingy, I don’t believe that’s a legally recognised speed sign.

Funny you say that. I’ve noticed that this week the sign has been inactive (for whatever reason), and neither of the other two signs provide an guidance as to the speed limit. So unless I’m missing hidden 60km/h signs, there’s absolutely nothing to indicate the current limit on that stretch is anything but 80km/h.

As milkman suggested though, there didn’t appear to be any change in driver behaviour anyway.

milkman 6:45 am 07 Apr 12

screaming banshee said :

I’ll gladly refer to sgt bungers expertise but driving through I’ve noticed the only thing advising a 60kph limit is the variable message trailer thingy, I don’t believe that’s a legally recognised speed sign.

Don’t worry, most of the traffic goes through there at 70-80km/h anyway.

screaming banshee 8:47 pm 06 Apr 12

I’ll gladly refer to sgt bungers expertise but driving through I’ve noticed the only thing advising a 60kph limit is the variable message trailer thingy, I don’t believe that’s a legally recognised speed sign.

TAMSMediaRoom 3:19 pm 03 Apr 12

KB1971 said :

Well I rode this at lunch time. Not as much encroacment on the road as I would have thought, basically they are running a new path on the curb off the road surface & the barriers are butted up against the gutter so basically it is the width of the barrier that drivers have to contend with. Not bad considering the width of the road there.

Riders be careful though, it is dirt so being able to keep a reasonable speed on a decent roadie with 110psi tyres is out. All hybrids/crossover & MTB’s will be fine. The guys were still working on it so I stopped an asked if it was going to be sealed & I got a very unconvincing “I think so”.

Time will tell I guess but for all concerned, drivers & riders alike, it isnt a bad solution.

The approaches to the new on-road path on Morshead Drive will be sealed by the end of May. Additional works, including the sealing of the on-road section of the path, will be completed by the end of June.

milkman 5:36 pm 02 Apr 12

Well, I drove through there this morning in peak hour, and the traffic slowed a little bit, but it was barely noticable. I was worried it would be first gear for 10 mins, but thankfully it was no problem.

AG Canberra 5:26 pm 02 Apr 12

The road might be sitting on bedrock….but the bedrock is siting on thin air at the moment!

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