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The Signs on the Tunnels on Parkes Way…

By lobster - 29 May 2009 18

OK,

Now that we have figured out what the red lane on Belconnen Way is.

The next question I have about my trip to work in the morning is regarding the tunnel on Parkes Way, and the electronic signs that they have above each lane and in the median strip approaching the tunnel.


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Do these work? Have they ever been used?

Having lived in Canberra all my life, I can’t recall them ever being used. Seems kinda pointless on such a small tunnel.

What’s Your opinion?


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18 Responses to
The Signs on the Tunnels on Parkes Way…
aronde 7:06 pm 29 May 09

niftydog said :

Red I’ve never seen.

Red I have only seen a couple of times – maybe it is for when an Action Bus is running on time?

Ryan 5:19 pm 29 May 09

I don’t think I’ve ever once seen the signs being used! I have often gazed at them through my window as i sit still in traffic during peak hour.

Another random one – the “Part Time Signals” traffic lights on Athllon Drive just before the Isabella Roundabout and on Pialliago Avenue – When they switch on, I imagine they go straight to green, or is it orange? And when they turn off, do they get switched off from red, or green?

Ah, the mysteries of life…

niftydog 5:11 pm 29 May 09

aronde said :

OK next question – why are the lights in the tunnel sometimes orange, sometimes white, sometimes red or some combination thereof?

For as long as I can remember as a kid they were white during the day to try to match daylight brightness, and yellow at night to match the surrounding street lights. Then at some point it got swapped around, which means it’s too dark (yellow) during the day and too bright (white) at night.

Red I’ve never seen.

I-filed 4:27 pm 29 May 09

What IS the red lane for please? I have no idea!

Jim Jones 4:20 pm 29 May 09

aronde said :

OK next question – why are the lights in the tunnel sometimes orange, sometimes white, sometimes red or some combination thereof?

They’re signalling the reptoid overlords.

aronde 4:00 pm 29 May 09

OK next question – why are the lights in the tunnel sometimes orange, sometimes white, sometimes red or some combination thereof?

kevn 3:36 pm 29 May 09

I saw them on when they were doing a big breath testing op one day.

GB 3:10 pm 29 May 09

Oh noes! Emergency signs not used due to non-emergency!

James-T-Kirk 1:44 pm 29 May 09

I saw the yellow flashing beacon running once – wow that was a rarity.

TP 3000 12:24 pm 29 May 09

niftydog said :

can’t remember what they say though – something like ‘CAUTION’, ‘SLOW’ and ‘STOP’ perhaps.

That’s the signs at the side of the entrance. From what I remember they read “Lane closed”

pug206gti 11:13 am 29 May 09

Anyone ever stopped and heeded the Turn Engine Off When Stopped signs in the tunnel under Federation Mall on Commonwealth Ave/Adelaide Ave? That must be a rare event too.

niftydog 10:57 am 29 May 09

These signs can be ‘read’ when the light is just at the right angle – can’t remember what they say though – something like ‘CAUTION’, ‘SLOW’ and ‘STOP’ perhaps.

p1 10:41 am 29 May 09

I’ve always wanted to put some brackets on that middle sign, so that it reads,

Sth Canberra
(Cooma)

Ceej1973 9:56 am 29 May 09

They (Contractors) were doing some work in the tunnel a few months back (east bound), and the signals were operating then, so yes they do!

caf 9:56 am 29 May 09

I’ve seen them in use exactly once, when there had been an accident on the other side.

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