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Road closures for bad weather

By johnboy - 24 August 2012 11

Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather and snow.

Bendora Road, Mt Franklin Road and Brindabella Road, from the end of the sealed pavement, have been closed for safety reasons, with other roads likely to close.

“I would like to remind motorists that a sudden change in weather may result in heavy rain, sleet or snow that could make some roads unpassable. Please avoid travel on rural roads in these conditions where possible,” Manager of Operations, National Parks and Catchments, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Brett McNamara said today.

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11 Responses to
Road closures for bad weather
qbngeek 8:26 am 25 Aug 12

Kayem said :

rhino said :

EvanJames said :

It’s for your own good, Canberra 4WD owners. Your cars could get dirty.

There are a lot of “soccer mom SUV”s around that never go offroad and just make it difficult to see around in traffic and cost the owners a lot more in fuel and tyres for no reason…I just can’t understand the desire for those by people who don’t need ground clearance. Making your car heavier and higher is worse in every way basically unless you are going offroad. I respect the proper 4WDs with low range and offroad tyres covered in mud.

True, there are many that never go off-road. True, that is a bit weird. But there are also some pretty reasonable SUVs that are not “low range and offroad tyres” that are still better for driving most dirt trails and even a bit of mud – they can’t cross the Simpson Desert. They’re also better to drive around town than a dedicated “low range and offroad tyres” fully fledged 4WD. I’ve read criticisms of 4WDs in town, I’ve read criticisms of SUVs off-road and in town, and I’ve read criticisms of people getting stuck in a 2WD off-road. The bottom line is that the driver should look at the road, look at their requirements and look at their vehicle – and then make the reasonable decision.

I quite like my Soccer Mums SUV (aka Outlander). It has outperformed several 4wd utes and even a Patrol offroad. One day people will realise, its not what you drive, but how you drive it. Too often I see people buy a Jeep and think they are suddenly able to drive the Dakar, then they get stuck in mud up the Brindies while an Outlander with 90% highway tyres just cruises past.

c_c 9:30 pm 24 Aug 12

Kayem said :

c_c said :

First chance they get they’ll permanently close the roads up there. There’s documents out there from the Government that already refer to such a thing.

Which documents?

There was one I came across a while back, an environmental report which categorically stated that if the Air Services Australia ground station was decommissioned at Mt Ginini, then it the preferred option going forward was to close the road at Bulls Head to public access to protect a couple of the specially designated reserve areas up there in particular.

Kayem 9:05 pm 24 Aug 12

rhino said :

EvanJames said :

It’s for your own good, Canberra 4WD owners. Your cars could get dirty.

There are a lot of “soccer mom SUV”s around that never go offroad and just make it difficult to see around in traffic and cost the owners a lot more in fuel and tyres for no reason…I just can’t understand the desire for those by people who don’t need ground clearance. Making your car heavier and higher is worse in every way basically unless you are going offroad. I respect the proper 4WDs with low range and offroad tyres covered in mud.

True, there are many that never go off-road. True, that is a bit weird. But there are also some pretty reasonable SUVs that are not “low range and offroad tyres” that are still better for driving most dirt trails and even a bit of mud – they can’t cross the Simpson Desert. They’re also better to drive around town than a dedicated “low range and offroad tyres” fully fledged 4WD. I’ve read criticisms of 4WDs in town, I’ve read criticisms of SUVs off-road and in town, and I’ve read criticisms of people getting stuck in a 2WD off-road. The bottom line is that the driver should look at the road, look at their requirements and look at their vehicle – and then make the reasonable decision.

Antagonist 6:41 pm 24 Aug 12

“I would like to remind motorists that a sudden change in weather may result in heavy rain, sleet or snow that could make some roads unpassable.”

The opposite of ‘passable’ is ‘impassable’.

switch 5:51 pm 24 Aug 12

rhino said :

I just can’t understand the desire for those by people who don’t need ground clearance.

Everyone “knows” that the bigger 4wd’s come off better in an accident.

rhino 4:59 pm 24 Aug 12

EvanJames said :

It’s for your own good, Canberra 4WD owners. Your cars could get dirty.

There are a lot of “soccer mom SUV”s around that never go offroad and just make it difficult to see around in traffic and cost the owners a lot more in fuel and tyres for no reason…I just can’t understand the desire for those by people who don’t need ground clearance. Making your car heavier and higher is worse in every way basically unless you are going offroad. I respect the proper 4WDs with low range and offroad tyres covered in mud.

montana 4:58 pm 24 Aug 12

they forgot to warn motorists of the huge pot holes that always form in the roads too…

Kayem 3:54 pm 24 Aug 12

c_c said :

First chance they get they’ll permanently close the roads up there. There’s documents out there from the Government that already refer to such a thing.

Which documents?

c_c 2:49 pm 24 Aug 12

What’s funny is the only hazard I’ve ever encountered on the roads up there is an animals on the road once, and their own rangers driving like maniacs around blind corners.

First chance they get they’ll permanently close the roads up there. There’s documents out there from the Government that already refer to such a thing.

p1 2:20 pm 24 Aug 12

EvanJames said :

It’s for your own good, Canberra 4WD owners. Your cars could get dirty.

There are plenty of roads (trails, tracks, etc) around the ACT that have not been explicitly mentioned. I can’t help but feel the urge to go and drive along them, simply because I have been told these ones are out of bounds.

EvanJames 1:49 pm 24 Aug 12

It’s for your own good, Canberra 4WD owners. Your cars could get dirty.

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