The new traffic lights being constructed at the Barton Highway and Kuringa Drive intersection must be the biggest joke in Canberra. This evening it took me (and most of Canberra) 45 minutes to travel 2 kms up the Highway from the Gundaroo Drive roundabout past the new intersection.
Why? Not because of an accident in the wet conditions. Because new traffic lights are installed and the highway is only one lane through the road works. The situation is made worst because the phases of the lights are such that they seem to be giving priority to Kuringa Drive traffic. Now that is not a big problem – Kuringa Drive needs to get across the highway and has had its shares of backlogs – but a 2km backlog on the highway to make sure that there are no more than 5 cars waiting on Kuringa Drive does not seem right.
I doubt that getting the two lanes back once the construction traffic is fixed will be any better. Given the speed that it takes to get ACT roads to do anything we will probably have one lane of traffic and a 10 second green light for the second major highway exit out of Canberra for the next few months.
Did the ACT Government or their contractor think about this before they turned on the lights?
It must be a new way of slowing down the traffic going up the hill past the speed camera – its working guys!!