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Stop Nihilism, and other works of the Gungahlin Drive Extension

By johnboy - 7 June 2011 17

stop nihilism

Richard has sent in a cracking series of photos from the Gungahlin Drive Extension works, but we couldn’t resist this re-working of a stop sign.

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Stop Nihilism, and other works of the Gungahlin Drive Extension
Chop71 12:56 pm 10 Jun 11

an off ramp into a new Canberra stadium (with roof) would be fantastic for Canberra sports fans ….esp those cold night Brumbies and Raiders games. Rather than spending money propping up sports why not just build the facility.

Bussie 12:38 pm 10 Jun 11

According to a friend who works for ACT Treasury they didn’t have the money to make it dual lane in 2004.

p1 11:42 am 10 Jun 11

The Frots said :

You are absolutely right – sub-contracting is becoming an ‘art form’ here.

I have often wondered if the government has ever considered a clause in their contracts preventing sub-contracting out this kinda thing. At the same time they could put in clauses where there is bonuses for completing the job early / penalties of being late. Sure, the initial tenders might be for much higher prices, but when you consider what they have spent on some of these road by the time they are finished five or ten years later, I think it would be cheaper in the long run.

blowers 8:54 am 08 Jun 11

I drive past these roadworks every day.
Sometimes I’m seen scratching my head wondering what the heck is going on.
They seem to smooth out and level a length of the road and then scrape it up again a month later only to smooth if off once again.
Its almost like they are making work for themselves to keep their staff employed. Now that would never happen would it? Surely not. Doesnt the Govt have regulators to monitor the works to ensure that they are done in a timely and efficient manner?

Jungle Jim 8:35 am 08 Jun 11

arescarti42 said :

Wikipedia says that duplication started in 2009… and be completed by 2004…

Wait. What?

Deref 7:14 am 08 Jun 11

Excellent shots! πŸ˜€

arescarti42 10:07 pm 07 Jun 11

puggy said :

Can anyone remember when the GDE duplication started?

Wikipedia says that duplication started in 2009.

If i recall correctly, the govt expected the 4 lane dual carriageway to cost 53 million in total and be completed by 2004. The cost is now estimated at $200 million+ and completion is supposed to be mid 2012. $200 million for 9km of road has got to be one of the most expensive roads in the world. That is 22 million per km.

Wikipedia says freeways in the US get built for $2.8 million per km of 4 lane road.

gazmant 9:02 pm 07 Jun 11

beejay76 said :

puggy said :

Can anyone remember when the GDE duplication started? I seem to remember about two years ago, but it seems completely illogical for it to take that long. And is there a reason that they don’t completely finish a single stretch (say, between bridges) and then move on?

In any case, I look forward to driving on the Majura Parkway when it opens in 2021 (probably).

Yano, I’ve been thinking about this lately, too. I moved here about three years ago, and I’m reasonably confident that there has been almost no time that Gungahlin Drive has been road-work free. There’s the Glenloch interchange, the duplication, the resurfacing debacle. It’s starting to give me the right royals.

+1.

damien haas 8:50 pm 07 Jun 11

I would ask the idiots planning transport options into and out of Molonglo to consider the GDE when they tell us that light rail is not a viable option because of its ‘expense’.

If the government had built proper public transport infrastructure from Gungahlin to Civic back in the early 90’s a lot of the arguments we are having today would not exist.

beejay76 7:44 pm 07 Jun 11

puggy said :

Can anyone remember when the GDE duplication started? I seem to remember about two years ago, but it seems completely illogical for it to take that long. And is there a reason that they don’t completely finish a single stretch (say, between bridges) and then move on?

In any case, I look forward to driving on the Majura Parkway when it opens in 2021 (probably).

Yano, I’ve been thinking about this lately, too. I moved here about three years ago, and I’m reasonably confident that there has been almost no time that Gungahlin Drive has been road-work free. There’s the Glenloch interchange, the duplication, the resurfacing debacle. It’s starting to give me the right royals.

what_the 7:02 pm 07 Jun 11

STOP
Hammertime

was always a favourite of mine

what_the 6:50 pm 07 Jun 11

The Frots said :

nobody said :

Slow and expensive is how people described road works back in the 70’s. A bunch of government employees standing around leaning on shovels, digging and filling the some hole over and over.

Since then the economic rationalists have outsourced roadworks to contract companies, who contract it to other companies, etc, etc. They keep telling us this is a great leap forward for our economy.

Today our governments contract roadworks to companies, and their primary aim is to make as much profit as possible, and most people would still describe our roadworks as slow and expensive.

You are absolutely right – sub-contracting is becoming an ‘art form’ here. The rebuilding of the second ‘lane’ started I think about 2 years ago Puggy. Had it been done correctly in the first place, it would be finished. However the poor foresight by the current Government dictated that the north side only needed one lane.

As I said some time ago, nowhere in the western world would any Government consider one single lane for a highway to a developing suburban area. But here……………………no problems!!!

You’ve gotta wonder dont you. If you asked every Canberran how many lanes would have been required for the GDE, I doubt you’d find anyone that said single lane only for all Gunghalin traffic + belconnen traffic. Yet the numpty’s in charge decided on one. Amazing how this project was actually developed by so called planners.

The Frots 6:45 pm 07 Jun 11

nobody said :

Slow and expensive is how people described road works back in the 70’s. A bunch of government employees standing around leaning on shovels, digging and filling the some hole over and over.

Since then the economic rationalists have outsourced roadworks to contract companies, who contract it to other companies, etc, etc. They keep telling us this is a great leap forward for our economy.

Today our governments contract roadworks to companies, and their primary aim is to make as much profit as possible, and most people would still describe our roadworks as slow and expensive.

You are absolutely right – sub-contracting is becoming an ‘art form’ here. The rebuilding of the second ‘lane’ started I think about 2 years ago Puggy. Had it been done correctly in the first place, it would be finished. However the poor foresight by the current Government dictated that the north side only needed one lane.

As I said some time ago, nowhere in the western world would any Government consider one single lane for a highway to a developing suburban area. But here……………………no problems!!!

nobody 6:13 pm 07 Jun 11

Slow and expensive is how people described road works back in the 70’s. A bunch of government employees standing around leaning on shovels, digging and filling the some hole over and over.

Since then the economic rationalists have outsourced roadworks to contract companies, who contract it to other companies, etc, etc. They keep telling us this is a great leap forward for our economy.

Today our governments contract roadworks to companies, and their primary aim is to make as much profit as possible, and most people would still describe our roadworks as slow and expensive.

puggy 4:23 pm 07 Jun 11

Can anyone remember when the GDE duplication started? I seem to remember about two years ago, but it seems completely illogical for it to take that long. And is there a reason that they don’t completely finish a single stretch (say, between bridges) and then move on?

In any case, I look forward to driving on the Majura Parkway when it opens in 2021 (probably).

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