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Parkes Way widening kicks off

By johnboy 23 February 2012 24


Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s calling for tenders to widen Parkes Way from the Glenlock Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue.

The Parkes Way widening project, which is due to commence in May 2012, will see the construction of a third lane in each direction from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue.

“This is a great project set to benefit all Canberrans; both those from the south who currently use the Tuggeranong Parkway and those from the north and west who use William Hovell Drive and the GDE to get onto Parkes Way,” the Chief Minister said.

“Parkes Way carries over 35,000 vehicles a day travelling from the south of Canberra and Belconnen through to the City and beyond toward the airport.

“With increased residential development in areas such as Molonglo Valley and Gungahlin, the volume of traffic is forecast to increase to 40,000 vehicles a day by 2016.

Work will also be undertaken to improve the Parkes Way on-ramp to Commonwealth Avenue by increasing the length of the merging lane with London Circuit southbound traffic. New street lighting will also be installed along the route.

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Chop71 12:39 pm 24 Feb 12

knee jerk reaction to this

must be an election coming up

Thoroughly Smashed 10:43 am 24 Feb 12

MrPC said :

What a waste. Tens of millions of dollars on two lanes, both of which will be largely useless for 23 1/2 hours a day.

Why not two tidal flow lanes that will only be useless for 23 hours a day?

Why bother building any roads at all?

Thoroughly Smashed 10:42 am 24 Feb 12

gazket said :

why don’t AECOM just tattoo a bar code on our foreheads from birth. These people are Nazi’s sponging of our taxpaying dollars.


EvanJames 10:08 am 24 Feb 12

steveu said :

Can we trust the government to do any roadworks at all after it took them 7 years do do a 7km stretch of road?

Im all for infesting in infrastructure, but I thnk the community in general needs some assurances of how long they will contract the work to take once the tender is decided. And how long the disruption to their commute every day will be.

The ACT Government keeps awarding contracts to companies with a track record of doing amazingly slow work. I’m thinking of the roads around the airport. The part that the airport was responsible for was done quite quickly, especially when you think that they had a flyover and a whole stretch of road to re-locate. But the other part of the work, done by a company contracted by ACT Government, took years longer. The work would sit there untouched for literally months. Clearly there’s a big issue with the way the local government writes and runs its tender processes and how it “manages” its contracts.

And making the road fatter won’t fix the cause of the problem, which is bottlenecks. We have a fast-growing population, and the road system that has been so good for so long is buckling under the strain of badly-planned growth. There is clearly no planning beyond the locality where the growth is happening, no plotting of people and car movements and their effect on other localities.

And as is usual with population growth, the current residents will pay for the facilities enjoyed by the future residents.

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