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Parkes Way widening kicks off

By johnboy - 23 February 2012 24

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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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Parkes Way widening kicks off
MrPC 9:32 pm 23 Feb 12

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?

winter 8:49 pm 23 Feb 12

Great news. Would be a good possibility for a dedicated bus lane.

bd84 8:37 pm 23 Feb 12

The gridlock is caused by the correnderk st roundabout and the commonwealth ave on ramp and the merges off caswell dr, widening the road from the glenloch to the tunnel will do little to fix anything without fixing the roundabout and merges.

Aeek 7:41 pm 23 Feb 12

So it will be down to one lane for the duration of the road works? May as well make it a T2 !

deye 7:18 pm 23 Feb 12

hmm a wider road. I wonder if they will be sensible and put the limit up to 100 when it’s complete. Somehow I doubt it. Dropping it to 80 and sticking in cameras is more likely as posted earlier.

gazket 6:50 pm 23 Feb 12

Sgt.Bungers said :

The same AECOM report that recommended point to point cameras on Hindmarsh Drive…

Point to point cameras on the GDE in conjunction with an 80 km/h speed limit…

Also recommend that point to point cameras be used on Parkes Way between Glenloch and Edinburgh Avenue… with an 80 km/h limit.

It’s almost certain that the Parkes Way limit will not be raised back to 90 km/h after the upgrade, and point to point cameras will follow.

Report can be found here

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

PantsMan 5:11 pm 23 Feb 12

If the guys who did the Russell Flyover win, we’ll have a five kilometer roller-coaster with no straight lines, which will be slower than before.

Sgt.Bungers 4:26 pm 23 Feb 12

The same AECOM report that recommended point to point cameras on Hindmarsh Drive…

Point to point cameras on the GDE in conjunction with an 80 km/h speed limit…

Also recommend that point to point cameras be used on Parkes Way between Glenloch and Edinburgh Avenue… with an 80 km/h limit.

It’s almost certain that the Parkes Way limit will not be raised back to 90 km/h after the upgrade, and point to point cameras will follow.

Report can be found here

Keijidosha 3:59 pm 23 Feb 12

Grail said :

When you see traffic banked up to Tuggeranong Parkway, it’s because the traffic at the lights on Edinburgh Avenue/Marcus Clarke Street or Coranderrk/Constitution Ave is backed up.

Based on my experience the Edinburgh Ave exit doesn’t cause traffic to back up onto Parkes way. From what I’ve seen, the morning carpark scenario is in small way caused by the Coranderrk roundabout (as you mentioned), but largely because of the clusterf*ck road arrangement of the Eastbound connections for Edinburgh and Commonwealth avenues onto Parkes Way. Traffic using these lanes is forced to cross through the traffic that is trying to loop onto Commonwealth Avenue. This traffic banks into the left lane of Parkes way right into the tunnel, and as impatient drivers swing into the fast lane they cause that lane to slow dramatically too.

Similar situation in the afternoon where traffic exiting Commonwealth Avenue onto Parkes Way (westbound) is forced to tangle with traffic exiting Parkes Way onto Edinburgh Ave.

chewy14 3:12 pm 23 Feb 12

janoski said :

chewy14 said :

Finally.

You’re excited over more road works in Canberra.

How did you get excited out of my one word statement?
I would have gone with relieved or maybe exasperated.

As Grail says, this should remove the bottleneck through to Edinburgh Ave and the roundabout. Whether it makes it worse at the other end, I’m not so sure. Most of the time once you’re past this section, its pretty smooth traffic.
Although the government may try to turn one of the lanes into a bus lane in the future.

Grail 2:28 pm 23 Feb 12

Sandman said :

But 2 lanes of parkway still goes down to 1 lane to get through Glenloch doesn’t it? Or are they going to rebuild Glenloch for the 3rd time this century?

The 1 lane between Glenloch and Parkes way is a long way from being a bottleneck. The bottleneck is the exit from Parkes way to Edinburgh Avenue, with a second minor bottleneck at the Coranderrk Street roundabout. Once those exits are sorted out, the single lane from Tuggeranong Parkway to Parkes Way might become an issue, but you’d need Parkes Way to be 4 lanes in each direction for that to happen.

When you see traffic banked up to Tuggeranong Parkway, it’s because the traffic at the lights on Edinburgh Avenue/Marcus Clarke Street or Coranderrk/Constitution Ave is backed up.

It might be interesting to have cameras on the road with a decent view of the Northern end of Tuggeranong Parkway so you can see the exits to Lady Denman Drive, William Hovell Drive/Parkes Way, recording simultaneously with cameras on the massive lane merging exercise on Parkes Way (where traffic enters from Caswell Drive, William Hovell Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway), and the exits onto Edinburgh and the Coranderrk roundabout. Then people could see in real time that the bloke who hit the skids and cut into the next lane to exit onto Edinburgh street caused the traffic on Parkes Way to stall for three minutes.

EvanJames 2:15 pm 23 Feb 12

Just moving more traffic more quickly to the next bottleneck, and I guess giving more space for the slow-moving carpark that follows. And while the roadworks are happening, guess what’ll happen to that stretch of road? If they let Guideline anywhere near it, double the time they first gazette, too.

And they keep telling us how everything is better with population growth.

janoski 2:12 pm 23 Feb 12

chewy14 said :

Finally.

You’re excited over more road works in Canberra.

Sandman 2:08 pm 23 Feb 12

But 2 lanes of parkway still goes down to 1 lane to get through Glenloch doesn’t it? Or are they going to rebuild Glenloch for the 3rd time this century?

Surely the road construction companies in this state have implanted their own patsy into the government planning division to ensure they get continued work due to the extreme lack of foresight.

chewy14 1:55 pm 23 Feb 12

Finally.

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