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Parkes Way Widening?

By JC 24 January 2014 25

Surprised it hasn’t been mentioned on here, but the other day there was a media release saying that the west bound work on the Parkes Way widening will be finished before the end of the month.

When I first heard it I thought they must have been mistaken as quite clearly the bridge over Sullivans Creek isn’t finished westbound, but going past today it is quite clear they are, for the time being anyway, not going to build the new west bound lane over the bridge and instead are going to modify the original plan to do away with the need.

They are currently removing the barriers on the Clunnies Ross Street and have removed the old line markings in readiness for new markings. The bridge over Sulliavns creek has had the abutments built, but clearly no deck has been installed west bound. All equipment has been removed and the road surface either side paved, just no bridge.

As mentioned the markings on the city side of the bridge have now been removed and last week they hastily built an off road bike lane just before the bridge. It now seems as if what they are going to do is come out of the tunnel in 3 lanes, as it has always done, cross the bridge with 3 lanes (again as it has always done), then have a very short exit onto Clunies Ross Street, then a dog leg to the right to pick up the 3 lanes over the Clunies Ross Street bridge. Yes it will be 3 lanes through but rather half arsed.

Bikes if they are brave or stupid enough to ride along Parkes Way it seems will have to go onto the new path, then cross the Clunies Ross Street exit before then picking up the lane along the bit that has already been finished.

Will be interesting to see when, if at all the other bridge is finished.

Now I know that the sub-contractor building the bridges went belly up and this has delayed the whole thing, but to not finish this is a joke. The government should hold Wodens who is the prime contractor for the road (who didn’t go broke) to account and get them to bloody well finish the thing properly, without dipping into the government purse yet again.

PS speaking of the delay I had to laugh when I read the TAMS website where it blamed record rain for the delays. Yet go to the Majura Parkway claims to be in front because of the good weather. Go figure.

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/major-construction-projects/parkes_way_widening

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gooterz 9:21 pm 02 Feb 14

JC said :

gooterz said :

New parkway is good is good. Anyone noticed all the new lines around?

What are you on about talking about new lines and in the post above blurred lines?

Most of south side appears to have spanking white lines now. Looks like they went over heaps of old ones as well as new roads or I’ve just not noticed it before.

JC 8:54 pm 02 Feb 14

gooterz said :

New parkway is good is good. Anyone noticed all the new lines around?

What are you on about talking about new lines and in the post above blurred lines?

gooterz 12:00 am 01 Feb 14

New parkway is good is good. Anyone noticed all the new lines around?

JC 7:12 pm 31 Jan 14

gooterz said :

The parkway isn’t finished yet, still waiting for those blurred lines. Not to mention that there are still some potholes. Like the onramp to the parkway at glenlock interchange. That one that feels like they layed the road around a dead roo then scrapped it out leaving a hole.

For what ever reason they used a stabalised base with not hotmix on most of Glenloch, except the through lanes from Caswell Drive onto Tuggeranong Parkway. Yet to see any stabalised base road last more than a few years, though the hotmix lanes are not that crash hot either.

PS Parkes Way now 3 lanes west bound too, the way they have avoided the missing bit of bridge isn’t too bad. I had thought the dog leg after the Clunies Ross Street exit would be more pronouced but it is quite gentle, guess helped because the road curves a little to the left to compensate. Guess the only thing to have suffered with the missing bridge is the length of the off ramp onto Clunies Ross Street.

gooterz 10:11 pm 27 Jan 14

watto23 said :

And for those who use various thing to push their political beliefs and diss the current government, which IMO is definitely not perfect but going OK. I’m yet to see too many worthwhile projects coming from the conservative side of the fence. We had building a pool in Lanyon, because the two existing pools in Tuggeranong were too far for them to drive. And federally, its been all about letting the private sector do it all and our telecommunications infrastructure is third rate compared to other first world countries. Roads still need to be built.

Also I didn’t hear too many people cheering that after complaining about road resealing the day before the parkway resealing commenced, it was actually resealed wit hotmix. Now if only they could do more of that road!

Tuggeranong is a long narrow ‘towncentre’ however I thought it only had one pool? where is the other?

The parkway isn’t finished yet, still waiting for those blurred lines. Not to mention that there are still some potholes. Like the onramp to the parkway at glenlock interchange. That one that feels like they layed the road around a dead roo then scrapped it out leaving a hole.

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