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The wonders of ACT road planning

By Adza - 22 June 2008 21

This month (possibly)  sees the commencement of works for Phase 1 of the Lanyon Drive / Monaro Highway intersection upgrade. In 2007, your illustrious leader Jon Stanhope commented that:

“The intersection of Lanyon Drive and the Monaro Highway is one of the busiest in the ACT as Lanyon Drive, connecting the ACT and Queanbeyan, carries 23,000 vehicles a day.”  Of course he also went on to say “These works are scheduled to commence in November 2007 and are due to be completed by August 2008.”

What amazes me is that I actually went and checked out the plans, and lo and behold they rely on more traffic lights being put in, which will result in interrupting traffic that’s already clogged up because of traffic lights.

The city’s reputation of being full of roundabouts is quickly subsiding to be one that is full of traffic lights. Major roads are being interrupted by this cause, which is causing large holdups during peak hour. Traffic lights at the jail on the Monaro Highway, Harman on Canberra Avenue, and the new Epicentre on Canberra Avenue and into Fyshwick are all causing more problems for motorists in their daily driving quests.

Northbound on the Monaro Highway and onto Lanyon Drive already banks up past Hume in the afternoon due to the traffic lights crossing the Southbound lanes of the Highway, and now further traffic lights will cause more problems. Lights are also scheduled to be installed at the corner of Lanyon Drive and Shepperd Street, and the existing lights on the southbound lanes will be retained and upgraded.

Excellent one boys, you will now fully clog this intersection during peak hour. The only answer at this intersection is to build an overpass. They’ve already admitted it’s one of the busiest intersections in the ACT, so why not spend the money in doing it properly instead of just frustrating us drivers. Funny that the Glenloch Interchange could be built… oh hang on the likelihood of that intersection carrying non-ACT voting residents is probably considerably more slim than this one.

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Aeek 11:00 pm 24 Jun 08

I don’t like crawling south through the new Glenoch but I much prefer that to coming over the crest before the Hindmarsh exit and ‘OH SH1T’, then sitting there feeling vulnerable at the end of the queue. It’s a good tradeoff, may even be deliberate.

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