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The Tacked on Look: ACT Road modifications.

By MelonHead 18 January 2013 42

It doesn’t take much looking to find “exciting” roadworks anywhere in Canberra. What I can’t help but notice is that when these works are finished, they all look tacked on and cheap. Then there is quality of build which is usually average to poor.

Cases in point are the new merge lane from Parkes Way to Commonwealth Ave. Rough to drive on, sketchy geometry and still a pile of dirt left nearby. What about the Kings Ave overpass of Parkes Way? Strange twists and turns on almost every approach, and traffic lights with a suburb’s worth of space between them.

Don’t mention the GDE, its intial construction, the duplication, and the astounding exit path for Aranda. Seriously, who approved that? And why?

There are many more examples. I need convincing that doing the job right the first time would cost so much more, that I should be satisfied with the existing result. Am I too fussy, or is this what we have to look forward to in the future?

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Aeek 1:50 pm 23 Apr 13

Felix the Cat said :

The merging lane as you turn left out of Kingsley St onto Barry Dr (near ANU Exchange) is an accident waiting to happen I reckon. It becomes a bus lane so you need to merge right straight away.

You have 100m to do it. Its in the Road Rules.
“158 Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc
(1) The driver of any vehicle may drive for up to the permitted distance in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane:
(a) to enter or leave the road;

Note 1 Permitted distance is defined in subrule (4).

(4) In this rule: permitted distance means:
(a) for a bicycle lane or tram lane 50 metres; or
(b) for any other lane 100 metres. “

Felix the Cat 12:07 pm 23 Apr 13

The merging lane as you turn left out of Kingsley St onto Barry Dr (near ANU Exchange) is an accident waiting to happen I reckon. It becomes a bus lane so you need to merge right straight away.

Going the other way into Civic on Barry Dr the buses turn right from the far left lane to go into Kingsley St and this seems to work surprisingly well.

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