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.
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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.