Who is it in ACT roads that comes up with new road designs? Drove through Molonglo the other day along Cotter Road to discover that the alignment has changed and it now heads through the middle of the two new suburbs of Wright and Coombs towards Uriarra road. To get to the Cotter and suburbs such as Duffy a left turn is now required into Cotter Road. I assume at some point the road from Adelaide Ave to the new turn off will be renamed something else otherwise it will be odd having a road change name with a left hand turn.
Anyway the alignment and new arrangement makes sense, but what doesn’t is the fact that this road, which is clearly a major feeder road has those silly side roads coming off it, presumably with high density housing to be put alongside. Surrey if this is a major road why have any small side streets off it? Why not do what was done in the older suburbs and have one or two roads leading into the suburb and have every other road feed off these? Why do we need minor roads like this coming off a main road? They could still build all the high density housing they wish without these silly minor roads coming off the major road.
Out Gungahlin way they have done the same thing along Flemington Road and Gundaroo Drive between Horse Park and Mirrabei Drive, again both roads that by rights should be major thoroughfares.
Anyway have a look at these Nearmap pics. First showing the new arrangement in Molonglo.
Then Gundaroo Drive in Gungalin. Isn’t it plain to see that it would have been better for Gundaroo Drive to continue as a main road to Horse Park Drive? Now everyone who lives north of Horse Park Drive will need to come through the middle of a residential area to get to the town centre. Plain stupidity.
And finally Flemington Road. Again pointless having these piddly roads off what should be a main road. The alignment should have also ended up running onto Mirrabei as a main road instead of feeding into the main shopping/pedestrian area of Gungahlin.
Oh one last thing why are all left turns at lights now being built with such hard lefts, whereas in the past they were a lot gentler?