6 August 2009

the longest half-time: Anzac Parade restoration

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I am guessing it is just me (it usually is) but i am sure i recall the signage and general gossip around the finishing of the resurfacing of the south-bound lanes of anzac avenue implied / blithely stated that the north-bound lanes would be done pretty well straight away. That was in march, if memory serves me right.

It is now August, if this desk calendar is anything to go by.

Does anyone know when the bumpy pot-holed track of a north bound anzac ave will be smoothed to loveliness like its parallel south-bound neighbour?

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ta all – i did suggest it might be me! (it was) ; )

fozzy said :

To pre-empt the other question, the third year is for fixing up the ends, but I can’t remember which one – I suspect the south/lake end.

Southern end. The Northern end was done when the roundabout was put in.

I have a related question.

When they resurfaced the southbound lanes they put concrete barriers on the northbound lanes to split them half so it could be used for two way traffic.

Did using those barriers cause any damage to the northbound lanes and if so, what are they going to do to prevent damage to the lovely smooth new southbound lanes?


To clarify that further: work is for 3 years, it’s from the 12/11 – the day after Remembrance day, until 24/5 the day before ANZAC day.

When the notices first came out, besides being surprised it took so many months to reseal the roads, I was impressed by the thought that had gone into it: don’t do it in winter, when presumably it rains, etc. not giving a good surface, and make sure it doesn’t interfere with the important ceremonial days when the road is used.

To pre-empt the other question, the third year is for fixing up the ends, but I can’t remember which one – I suspect the south/lake end.

It is indeed only being worked on between November and April of each of the three years that they’re working on it. I may even still have the NCA notification floating in my inbox to confirm that.

It’s being done in three stages over three years and only between November and April each year.

The original post on the topic is here, but at a glance doesn’t seem to have anything confirming either of our theories (“straight away” or “after Rememberce Day”). The NCA links therein are all sadly dead (maybe the NCA are more adept at hiding screwups than the ACT govt ;)). Thinking more, however, I’ve been told in the past that it’s not a good idea to do road surfacing when it’s either too hot or two cold (hence the reason that the “chip seal” operations around town seem to go in cycles). Presuming that also applies to the kind of work being done here, it could also account for the winter lull.

Ceej: Didn’t mean to suggest the rest of what you were saying wasn’t true. Apologies if I sounded snarkier than I meant to, by the way – hadn’t had my morning coffee 🙂

Rant. Truth. Whichever….. . I neglected to think of that, oops thats true…..unless its to do with pay parking, then the ACT Govt.has something to do with the NCA ! Now I will leave it to get back to the original context! Apollogies Ciao

Ceej: if you were paying any attention you’d know that ANZAC Parade is NCA territory, and has nothing to do with the ACT government and their “lies”. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant, will you?

In answer to the original question, my recollection is that the original plan was to pause between now and Remembrance Day so as not to interfere with those commemorations, then do the Northbound lanes between then and ANZAC Day.

If the signage has come down, then it again sounds like ACT Govt. lies, to try and keep a certain population of canberrans happy. They tried that stunt with us Lanyon residents last year with the now (longest duplication in history to keep the wages of construction workers coming in) Tharwa Drive. The signs were up mid last year with a start date for commencment of construction. That date came, and like the previous budgets which promissed funding for Tharwa Drive, that date and event passed. After waiting an additional month past the signaged start date, I wrote to the Chronicle, scathing of the Governments lies. Well wouldnt you know it, the letter was published along with a related journalists article, and the signs came down the very next day. Interesting how the Government can announce a commencment date for road works, when a deal with Tendors hadnt even been reached! Funny too how the Govt. only ever does something when they have been embarrassed or expossed.

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