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Stuck truck on the Monaro Highway

By johnboy 5 August 2011 41

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Keith has sent in this picture which explains why traffic has been borked around the Monaro Highway this morning.

Not a good day for the truck driver.

UPDATE: Territory And Municipal Services are optimistically describing this as a breakdown:

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that there are traffic delays expected on the Monaro Highway in the vicinity of Sylvia Curley Bridge today as a result of a broken down heavy vehicle.

We advise motorists to avoid the area until further notice.

FURTHER UPDATE: We’re hearing they’ve freed the truck and traffic is returning to normal.


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KB1971 8:09 am 07 Aug 11

Rangi said :

Has anyone else noticed when coming through there from the other direction, the 2 lanes are way to skinny?

Nope, nothing wrong with them. Go & drive down Parramatta Road……………

Skidbladnir 4:06 pm 06 Aug 11

dvaey said :

If the OP was using a dashcam that involved no driver interaction, then why should anyone care?

I was working off EXIF data from the original photo instead of the reduced version above:
Make: Panasonic
Model: HM-TA1
ie: one of these

But only Keith can confirm\deny for sure.

Thoroughly Smashed 9:36 am 06 Aug 11

That quote got a bit messed up, sorry madamcholet…

Thoroughly Smashed 9:35 am 06 Aug 11

madamcholet said :

I was expecting a Winnebago or B triple to come a cropper here.

Maybe they will take out the footpath now. How thick are traffic engineers!

What footpath? That lane used to be the footpath.

Well at least now the traffic engineers have a benchmark for thickness.

And if there’s a B-triple out there, it’s horribly lost.

dvaey 2:58 am 06 Aug 11

Skidbladnir said :

Strange.
Mobile phones are illegal to use while driving, but apparently you can do like the OP here and use a mini-camcorder to drive past the police while taking pictures during the mobile phone crackdown period, and nobody cares.

If the OP was using a dashcam that involved no driver interaction, then why should anyone care?

Henry82 12:52 am 06 Aug 11

I suspect the bridge could not be levelled out due to the weight restrictions. I wouldn’t have that concrete barrier, just plastic posts every half meter so that you can drop down in an emergency, but not tempted to cross it on a daily basis

Mr Evil 10:27 pm 05 Aug 11

The driver’s not from rural Queensland by any chance????

scorpio63 7:11 pm 05 Aug 11

The common sense safer option would have been to leave the three lanes displaying bold yellow flourescent arrows for turning right to the airport/pialligo and a bold yellow large arrow for straight ahead to the next set of lights without ‘creating’ a dangerous/hazardous narrow lane hemmed in with a concrete kerb.

Further, white tape/lines or studs that are used on the Hume Highway to alert drivers of straddling lanes could be used.

Never in my life driving for 20 years have I witnessed such an OH&S issue designed and implemented by a government.

The Truck Driver should take legal action against the Government, particularly if he/she is from interstate and the road has changed since his/her last trip. There are NOT sufficient warnings prior to entering the dangerous lane.

Skidbladnir 5:22 pm 05 Aug 11

Strange.
Mobile phones are illegal to use while driving, but apparently you can do like the OP here and use a mini-camcorder to drive past the police while taking pictures during the mobile phone crackdown period, and nobody cares.

EvanJames 5:07 pm 05 Aug 11

I love the ShockHorror tone of the CT article on this. Traffic was banked up 4 km! Back to Fyshwick! OMG!

Any morning, drive to Qbn along Pialligo Ave and look at all the stationary vehicles, all the way back into Qbn. That’s a damn sight more than 4km. Happens every weekday (except in School holidays).

et286 4:56 pm 05 Aug 11

I actually witnessed this happening first hand this morn at 7.50. Here is what happened. The truck got about 20m into the concrete section when his rear tires started to rub on the dividers. The rear axles are much wider than the front axles to take the wide load. So the truckie stopped the truck, I could see his getting angry, then he just turned to the right put it in gear and absolutely hammered over that concrete barrier. Once I saw him start to move I knew he was going to get stuck.
What puzzles me is that there was not a line up of traffic behind him, there was only one car. He could have easily got that car to reverse and hold any other traffic up for a minute or two while he reversed up.

semaj 3:49 pm 05 Aug 11

I actually don’t think that what they’ve done with that bridge was too bad.

You have to remember that when they released the road designs for that area that the current state was always only an interim state until the Majura Parkway was built, and the plans released at the time showed that. (Not sure if they where on the TAMS website, I work at Brindabella Park and our office manager forwarded a newsletter from the airport people showing what was happening which had the plans in it)

The road was widened over the original footpath which is the cause of the height variation, which necessitated the concrete divider. The bridge as a whole was not widened.

I think that this was done as a lower cost measure as part of the solution to solve the traffic problems that were pretty horrendous in that area a few years ago, in the knowledge that in the not too distant future that the whole intersection would be rebuilt for the parkway. I actually think it was a fairly smart thing to do

harvyk1 3:18 pm 05 Aug 11

Grail said :

Though it does raise the question of why the bridge extension wasn’t built at the same level in the first place.

Do it right the first time.

Your not used to the “Canberra way” are you?
In Canberra the way to do things is

1. Throw money at a study
2. Ignore that the study said it should be done this way and do what you want anyway.
3. Do a half arsed attempt at building the thing, so the new thing doesn’t quite fix the problem
4. After thing is considered finished, upgrade the thing so that it actually does what is needed.
5. Ignore the fact that what you have and what you’d planned for do not match in the slightest
6. Realise that because the first attempt was done half arsed the upgrade will cost significantly more and there are now technical limitations preventing the upgrade from actually giving what you want.
7. Have drinks night and tell everyone how cleaver you are for keeping interstate contracting companies employed.
8. Repeat

Apply this to just about any public works in Canberra…

Grail 2:55 pm 05 Aug 11

Though it does raise the question of why the bridge extension wasn’t built at the same level in the first place.

Do it right the first time.

brento 2:09 pm 05 Aug 11

I always thought TAMS designed that divider with the specific aim of beaching vehicles – it worked superbly at first – I’d say dozens of cars and trucks came to grief on it – just have a look at the amount of damage to the top of the concrete next time you drive past.

They spoiled it with the addition of the flexible divider posts, but obviously in the right circumstances it can still deliver a good beaching. My guess is that the truck driver had to brake suddenly to avoid rear-ending someone.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:39 pm 05 Aug 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

YetAnotherBlowIn said :

I’ve been told by a local in my office that this small concrete divider replaced a standard height concrete jersey kerb (same as what runs down the middle of the Parkway). Apparently this was replaced because a truck became wedged on it previously and needed a crane to be lifted off.

Can anyone confirm/deny this?

This has never been the case.

Although there may have been one there at some stage(s) of construction for site safety reasons.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:32 pm 05 Aug 11

YetAnotherBlowIn said :

I’ve been told by a local in my office that this small concrete divider replaced a standard height concrete jersey kerb (same as what runs down the middle of the Parkway). Apparently this was replaced because a truck became wedged on it previously and needed a crane to be lifted off.

Can anyone confirm/deny this?

This has never been the case.

RedDogInCan 1:07 pm 05 Aug 11

steveu said :

But what I will say is that its about F’ing time they fixed the monaro highway and made it dual carraigeway all the way instead of that ridiculous thing over canberra avenue which seems to cause the monaro carpark every morning.

Umm, if you looked out the window whilst stuck in said traffic jam, you might have noticed that they are in fact working to make it a dual carriageway. Preparations are in progress to build the second bridge across Canberra Ave.

taninaus 12:46 pm 05 Aug 11

This isn’t the first time – but maybe the biggest vehicle. Very early on when the road was opened I saw a family wedged on it who attempted to switch lanes to go to the airport. the yellow poles were added some time after that incident to try to alert people to the kerb/obstruction.

It was certainly fun trying to get through there this morning (seems to be my week for road blocks!) with everyone turning left to the round about instead of the usual smaller group.

steveu 12:35 pm 05 Aug 11

not having seen the incident Im gonna reserve judgement on the driver. But what I will say is that its about F’ing time they fixed the monaro highway and made it dual carraigeway all the way instead of that ridiculous thing over canberra avenue which seems to cause the monaro carpark every morning. When they built the buildings out at the airport surely they could have recognised the need to fix this?

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