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Roadworks Speed Limits

By Grail - 28 October 2009 36

My fellow Canberrans,

The roadworks speed limit on Glenloch Interchange is 40km/h. Please observe it, before you end up killing someone. Visibility is poor and there is heavy earthmoving equipment involved. In an accident involving your shiny SUV versus a scraper or grader, the big yellow thing built out of solid steel is not going to lose.

Could you also please pick a lane and stick to it. The less lane-changing happens through a roadworks, the less opportunity there is for mistakes to happen. The last place we want an accident is in the middle of the Glenlock Interchange roadworks, since that would block off the road in a place where there is very little option to go around – single lanes with narrow/soft shoulders is not a good place for a pileup.

This morning while travelling through the roadworks on the way to work I was overtaken by two people doing somewhere in the vicinity of 80-100km/h, who engaged in tailgating & cutting in, just to get through the intersection about 10 seconds faster than everyone else. The result was people stepping on the brakes and causing traffic to come to a complete halt a few cars back.

Please be considerate of other drivers – they’re people too. Pick a lane, stick to it. I appreciate the enthusiasm that some folk have to get to their favourite place in all the world, but if you just drive to the conditions and try to drive predictably, we’ll all get to work more relaxed and ready to enjoy a productive day of paper shuffling, retailing or whatever it is you’re in such a rush to get to.

What’s Your opinion?


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36 Responses to
Roadworks Speed Limits
icantbelieveitsnotbu 10:47 am 29 Oct 09

If you don’t like it… catch the bus?

Tempestas 10:11 pm 28 Oct 09

Sheesh, some people really do feel entitled to be 3 car lengths in front of where they might of been.

Merging seems to be considered a competitive sport on Canberra roads. Even when you try to leave enough space on GDE to allow some to merge there seems to be those who think that you are trying to destroy the fabric of their lives or that a space for one or two cars at say 60km/h really should have 5 cars in it so everyone can slow down to 30km/h instead.

The GDE was built with an apparent lack of foresight, Glenoch Interchange has been a problem since construction, maybe this time they will fix it. Oddly we are all stuck with the mess of it for now.

And to all those playing the man instead of the ball. Thanks it makes it easier to work out who to ignore in other threads.

Punter 9:52 pm 28 Oct 09

I’ll support Grail for the OP, good point. Is it poor time management behind the aggressive driving behaviour of some motorists trying to get to work on time, or perhaps some are plainly selfish? I think a lot of people have forgotten we are all part of a community and as such have a responsibiity to everyone else, particularly on the road wether it’s causing a minor bingle which holds up traffic (making everyone late) or causing harm to others from crashes. There is no reason anyone should be driving in this way, Canberra is not that big a place. It seems a shame the Police need to hold the hands of so many people who can’t see how their actions affect others. Simply put, it’s lack of common sense which has let so many of us down.

f300 9:14 pm 28 Oct 09

What a toolbeater

bd84 8:49 pm 28 Oct 09

dvaey said :

Im also wondering why theyre doing work around Glenloch? The media release claims the first part of the project is duplicating the road from Belconnen Way to Glenloch interchange.. but the last time I drove that road, it was dual-lanes already?

Wouldnt it make more sense to duplicate roads that arent already duplicated? No point having 2 lanes (at parkway) into 1 (into glenloch) into 2 (out of glenloch) into 1 (at belconnen way) back into 2 again (at barton).

Would it not make sense to start duplicating the long stretches, north of Belconnen Way, rather than duplicating the 200m section in the middle of glenloch? This would improve traffic flow instantly for Gungahlin residents accessing Belconnen, while fixing the south-end first achieves nothing other than delivering drivers to the Belconnen Way bottle-neck just that little bit faster.

The traffic problems are mostly a problem going southbound (nobody wants to go to Gungahlin). The major bottlenecks of the Gungahlinites escaping from the darkside to go to work and are a result of the traffic attempting to merge at the Glenloch Interchange. They’re fixing up the Glenloch bridges southbound to duplicate the existing lanes and remove the merge, it also looks like there may be some common sense to the on and off ramps judging by the preliminary earthworks.

I am guessing the 40 zones are on the southbound road from Gungahlin, the lowest on all other approaches I have seen is 60kph (though haven’t been through for a couple of days).

astrojax 7:41 pm 28 Oct 09

yay for grail. nicely put.

as for those who get the ‘shits’ when there is a road speed limit sign they disagree with (or other general discomfort when confronted with rules they don’t much care for, which is a theme in replies to this kind of riot-act post pretty well all the time), recall that you have a licence under privilege, and that this privilege is premised on your undertaking to obey the motor traffic regulations – all of them. suffer in your jocks and get over it. is it that hard, really?

Deckard 7:38 pm 28 Oct 09

At least this time they change the speed limits after hours. Driving through the first time they were building it at 10.30pm with the 40 signs up was just a joke. Fair enough if there was a tight chicane or something, but on a straight?

Igglepiggle 7:23 pm 28 Oct 09

Dear Grail,
I don’t like your chances. we have just endured 10 months of the same idiocy during the Tharwa Drive duplication. Hallelujah it has now finished. Because the same tailgating speeding laneswitching morons drive down here too.

dvaey 7:16 pm 28 Oct 09

Im also wondering why theyre doing work around Glenloch? The media release claims the first part of the project is duplicating the road from Belconnen Way to Glenloch interchange.. but the last time I drove that road, it was dual-lanes already?

Wouldnt it make more sense to duplicate roads that arent already duplicated? No point having 2 lanes (at parkway) into 1 (into glenloch) into 2 (out of glenloch) into 1 (at belconnen way) back into 2 again (at barton).

Would it not make sense to start duplicating the long stretches, north of Belconnen Way, rather than duplicating the 200m section in the middle of glenloch? This would improve traffic flow instantly for Gungahlin residents accessing Belconnen, while fixing the south-end first achieves nothing other than delivering drivers to the Belconnen Way bottle-neck just that little bit faster.

dvaey 7:02 pm 28 Oct 09

TP 3000 said :

Maybe the Police need to return to Glenloch Interchange during the latest roadworks, they could make a killing with traffic fines for going 60k’s over the limit.

Just incase the traffic wasnt bottled up enough, imagine the rubber-neckers slowing down to watch people getting booked through there.. Speed cameras cant even be used, due to ACT regulations stating that only police can enforce roadworks zones. Someone should get out one of those old speed-guns the police used to use all the time years ago, park their marked car on the side of the road, and actually get out and do some proactive police work, rather than putting up some flashing signs or passing laws to let cameras issue fines a week after the offence when everyones forgotten about it but the revenue office.

I got a chuckle out of a couple of the signs in the roadworks area though, one proudly claims “Police enforce speed’s“, apostrophe and all, while another says “Police enforce speeding“.

The signs have been up for a month or more, but I havent seen any actual roadworks occuring at the site.. maybe the police need to start enforcing roadworks? Is it any wonder people ignore the signs, when theyre put up weeks before any workers even arrive, and often are left around several weeks after the workers leave.

A Tadpole Drinking 7:01 pm 28 Oct 09

I bet Grail was once a Patrol Leader in the Scouts.

54-11 6:58 pm 28 Oct 09

What shits me is when there are roadwork signs when it is obvious there are no works going on.

It’s a bit like crying wolf – people tend to ignore the really risky situations when there are so many furphy situations around.

Nonetheless, ag, kevn & TP, Grail has got every right in the world to bring issues to poeple’s attention. What gives you the right to say that he/she doesn’t?

TP 3000 6:38 pm 28 Oct 09

Maybe the Police need to return to Glenloch Interchange during the latest roadworks, they could make a killing with traffic fines for going 60k’s over the limit.

On a flashing sign for the Flemington Road duplication it reads something along the lines of “Slow Down” “Our Workers Have Families Too”

kevn 6:35 pm 28 Oct 09

Are you the same guy who was telling everyone to mow their nature strips?

anonymous gungahlian 6:29 pm 28 Oct 09

I’m not quite old enough to drive yet, but I can understand your frustration. Can’t you just leave this sort of thing to our wonderful ACT police force though, instead of taking it into your own hands. (unless of course you are a police officer, and if you are all I can say is this is not an affective way to get people to slow down on our roads)

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