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Road closures around the ACT

By johnboy - 28 February 2012 10

Territory and Municipal Services advise they’ve closed a bevvy of roads around the ACT:

• Bendora Dam Road,
• Brindabella Road,
• Mount Franklin Road,
• Boboyan Road,
• Orroral Valley Road,
• Apollo Road,
• Sunshine Crossing,
• Angle Crossing

They’re expecting more heavy rain, so there could be more to come.

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Road closures around the ACT
HenryBG 10:33 am 01 Mar 12

KB1971 said :

Dirt roads do not automatically turn to sludge as soon as it rains, not even fire trails such as Two Sticks & Webbs Ridge. Parabal has a spot that used to get muddy but it was repaired some years ago in such a way that it doesnt get boggy.

Do you get out much Henry?

A bit more than you do, evidently, as you appear unaware that wet unsealed roads are easily (and frequently) damaged by road-warriors trying to get a bit of mud on their Toorak Tractors.

I beggars belief that this needs to be spelled out, but you can ask any local council and they will tell you.

Here’s the first Google hit (of many):

” Unsealed roads damage very easily when they are wet and only essential journeys should be undertaken until these roads dry out.”
http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/page/page.asp?page_id=303

This being Canberra, they can’t simply rely on people being sensible (obviously), so they close the roads.

KB1971 10:32 am 01 Mar 12

Just looking at the map provided in the other thread posted today & it is interesting to note that the area of closure marked on Apollo Road is from the gate half way up the hill, not back down in the valley where the crossings are…………….I wonder if reality is actually different.

wildturkeycanoe 5:21 am 01 Mar 12

Thinking about it some more, perhaps the Brindie Rd is being closed because of Condor Creek and it’s crossing just at the foot of the mountains. With this recent rain, it may be licking the guard rails. Good point about the causeways, they’ll be a metre under for sure.

KB1971 8:12 pm 29 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

EvanJames said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Brindabella Road??? Obviously for those who own all-wheel-drives and can’t handle a bit of mud. Nanny state

Pretty much what I thought when I heard it. It’s going to rain, quick, lock the gates so those soft-handed wankers don’t get themselves into trouble and want rescuing.

I’d say rescuing dickheads in 4WDs is part of it, the other major motivation for closing those roads is to prevent said dickheads in 4WDs from tearing up the roads while they are in a waterlogged state, necessitating expensive road repairs at ratepayers’ expense.

Mmm, most of the times way back when nothing used to get closed it was actually dickeads in 2WD cars that needed the rescuing. All of the roads mentioned dont actually get torn up in inclement weather as they are constructed correctly and are really easily negotiated by a 4WD in the wet & snow.

Dirt roads do not automatically turn to sludge as soon as it rains, not even fire trails such as Two Sticks & Webbs Ridge. Parabal has a spot that used to get muddy but it was repaired some years ago in such a way that it doesnt get boggy.

Do you get out much Henry?

I would suggest most of the other roads are closed as they have low leve crossings on them & the powers that be want to reduce the risk of someone being washed away.

HenryBG 3:40 pm 29 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Brindabella Road??? Obviously for those who own all-wheel-drives and can’t handle a bit of mud. Nanny state

Pretty much what I thought when I heard it. It’s going to rain, quick, lock the gates so those soft-handed wankers don’t get themselves into trouble and want rescuing.

I’d say rescuing dickheads in 4WDs is part of it, the other major motivation for closing those roads is to prevent said dickheads in 4WDs from tearing up the roads while they are in a waterlogged state, necessitating expensive road repairs at ratepayers’ expense.

EvanJames 12:01 am 29 Feb 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Brindabella Road??? Obviously for those who own all-wheel-drives and can’t handle a bit of mud. Nanny state

Pretty much what I thought when I heard it. It’s going to rain, quick, lock the gates so those soft-handed wankers don’t get themselves into trouble and want rescuing.

wildturkeycanoe 7:04 pm 28 Feb 12

Brindabella Road??? Obviously for those who own all-wheel-drives and can’t handle a bit of mud.
Nanny state – you’d never see N.S.W close down their end of the Brindabella Road unless the bridge over the Goodradidgbee River was washed away.

c_c 6:35 pm 28 Feb 12

The ACT Government has also closed low lying parks near the Murrumbidgee, Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers.

The closures include:
Pine Island recreation area
Point Hut Crossing recreation area
Kambah Pool recreation area
Uriarra Crossing East and West recreation areas
walking tracks and recreation areas below the Cotter Dam
southern end of Googong Foreshores
access to the Queanbeyan River below the dam wall at Googong.

The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, the National Arboretum, Molonglo Gorge, Woods Reserve and all forest areas will remain closed until further notice.

Also a thumbs up to the ACT Government and ACTEW for dragging their feet on a new dam for so long which is now wasting a golden opportunity. Half a road, skip the dam, you will only get reelected this year because the Libs are so much more useless.

Viccc 6:10 pm 28 Feb 12
Watson 12:51 pm 28 Feb 12

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