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Asbestos risk after Acton tunnel collapse

By Charlotte Harper - 20 October 2015 29

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A 1km exclusion zone has been established around Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way to manage asbestos risk after its collapse this morning. Emergency services are advising Canberrans to expect delays on our roads this afternoon (see below for details of redirections).
The tunnel collapsed after an excavator on the back of a loader ripped 60 metres from the tunnel roof.
The exclusion zone has been established downwind because there appears to be bonded asbestos in tiles at the site.
Engineers are on site assessing the structural integrity of the bridge.
No one has been injured but there are significant traffic delays as Parkes Way is closed in both directions till further notice.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Policing attended the scene having received calls about the accident at 10.20am. Roads ACT is also providing assistance.
A forward command post has been established near Commonwealth Avenue.

There have been no evacuations and there are none anticipated at this stage.

Parkes Way between Clunies Ross Street and Edinburgh Avenue has been closed in both directions until further notice due to an earlier accident.
Road users are encouraged to take an alternative route and plan their journey home.

Westbound traffic leaving the city will be diverted right onto Coranderrk Street, left onto Cooyong Street, straight onto Barry Drive, left onto Clunies Ross Street, Lady Denman Drive and onto the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Traffic travelling westbound from Commonwealth Avenue, onto Parkes Way, will be directed straight through to London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue, left onto Barry Drive, left onto Clunies Ross Street, Lady Denman Drive and onto the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Eastbound traffic heading into the city will be diverted left onto Clunies Ross Street, right onto Barry Drive, straight onto Cooyong Street, right onto Coranderrk Street and back onto Parkes Way.

Electronic message signs will be erected to alert people to the diversions in place.

Call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for up-to-date information on road closures.

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Asbestos risk after Acton tunnel collapse
dungfungus 10:40 pm 20 Oct 15

rubaiyat said :

gooterz said :

This is the forward warning for light rail.

Hmmm bad driver doing something stupid, damaging major public property and bringing all the traffic to a standstill in a great traffic jam.

Excellent advertising for Light Rail!

Actually it highlights one of the problems large transporters will face trying to negotiate through the high voltage wire-scape that is about to be foisted on Canberra in the name of the almighty light rail.
Good thing they will be powering it with “renewable energy”.

Postalgeek 10:33 pm 20 Oct 15

rubaiyat said :

gooterz said :

This is the forward warning for light rail.

Hmmm bad driver doing something stupid, damaging major public property and bringing all the traffic to a standstill in a great traffic jam.

Excellent advertising for Light Rail!

Maybe. Or maybe someone will see the buses getting re-routed and will wonder how light rail can be re-routed around a blockage. There may be arguments for light rail, but I wouldn’t lead with this one.

rubaiyat 9:39 pm 20 Oct 15

gooterz said :

This is the forward warning for light rail.

Hmmm bad driver doing something stupid, damaging major public property and bringing all the traffic to a standstill in a great traffic jam.

Excellent advertising for Light Rail!

JC 9:13 pm 20 Oct 15

creative_canberran said :

No, just hopeless reporting. Roof doesn’t seem to be damaged at all, only the false ceiling that conceals the fire sprinkler and electrical conduits.

Yeah even the Canberracrimes is using the melodramtic and false collapse headline. Sure the tunnel is damaged and part of the false ceiling has been brought down, maybe with, maybe without structural damage. But clearly not a colapse.

creative_canberran 7:41 pm 20 Oct 15

Heavs said :

Stinks of a back door City to the Lake ploy. “well, now the integrity of this tunnel is in question we’ll have to close Parkes Way for 12 months to fully investigate/rectify. And while we’re doing that why don’t we do this ‘burying of Parkes Way’ thing we have been floating out there for the past 24 months”

No, just hopeless reporting. Roof doesn’t seem to be damaged at all, only the false ceiling that conceals the fire sprinkler and electrical conduits.

gooterz 7:13 pm 20 Oct 15

This is the forward warning for light rail.

rubaiyat 6:17 pm 20 Oct 15

Surprised? No.

Oh look a tram!

QUICK get the children inside!!

Mello 4:57 pm 20 Oct 15

Let the whinging begin!

pajs 4:37 pm 20 Oct 15

Heavs said :

Stinks of a back door City to the Lake ploy. “well, now the integrity of this tunnel is in question we’ll have to close Parkes Way for 12 months to fully investigate/rectify. And while we’re doing that why don’t we do this ‘burying of Parkes Way’ thing we have been floating out there for the past 24 months”

Now, about that fake moon landing…

dungfungus 3:59 pm 20 Oct 15

Is it actually a tunnel or an underpass?
I recall that it was perhaps a “cut and fill” job and it has a road leading in and out of the ANU across the top.
The article refers to “the structural integrity of the bridge”.

rosscoact 3:32 pm 20 Oct 15

Heavs said :

Stinks of a back door City to the Lake ploy. “well, now the integrity of this tunnel is in question we’ll have to close Parkes Way for 12 months to fully investigate/rectify. And while we’re doing that why don’t we do this ‘burying of Parkes Way’ thing we have been floating out there for the past 24 months”

Geebers

Heavs 2:57 pm 20 Oct 15

Stinks of a back door City to the Lake ploy. “well, now the integrity of this tunnel is in question we’ll have to close Parkes Way for 12 months to fully investigate/rectify. And while we’re doing that why don’t we do this ‘burying of Parkes Way’ thing we have been floating out there for the past 24 months”

Charlotte Harper 1:54 pm 20 Oct 15

The exclusion site is downwind only. There have been no evacuations.

puggy 1:28 pm 20 Oct 15

Well, I’m sitting less than 1km from the tunnel and haven’t heard anything about an exclusion zone.

Holden Caulfield 1:18 pm 20 Oct 15

Oops-a-daisy.

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