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Traffic is a mess in Lanyon

By mikal - 6 January 2015 44

I thought I’d let people know that traffic is a real mess in Lanyon at the moment. The ACT government has closed Tharwa Drive to put a new sewer main in, and that means that pretty much anything south of Woodcock Drive in Tuggeranong is a mess.

I just drove from Erindale Drive down to my house in Gordon, and traffic was banked up from the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Woodcock Drive back to nearly Isabella Drive. I imagine its worse now, it wasn’t 5pm when I attempted it.

I live in a part of Gordon where you can only leave the suburb if you go onto Woodcock Drive. I look forward to the next three weeks of not being able to get out of the suburb at peak times.

I can’t imagine why they thought closing Tharwa Drive was a good idea. Why can’t they do the work one lane at a time like they do everywhere else?

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Traffic is a mess in Lanyon
watto23 10:06 am 07 Jan 15

rommeldog56 said :

chewy14 said :

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rommeldog56 6:44 am 07 Jan 15

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mikal 8:42 pm 06 Jan 15

Well, except I headed north at about 6:30pm tonight when there were marshalls on Drakeford / Woodcock, and the queue was just as long (back to Isabella Drive).

MOCS 5:37 pm 06 Jan 15

Monday it took me 15 minutes to travel the 3.8km from my home in Gordon to Drakeford Drive. This was without any traffic control whatsoever. 95% of drivers patiently allowed others to merge from off streets. Today with traffic control it took me 25 minutes to travel the length of Gordon, I was stationary in front of Gordon Primary for 15 minutes! This road closure has not been thought out…

mikal 5:29 pm 06 Jan 15

Apparently they’re now going to deploy traffic marshalls to try and help ease congestion. Why this wasn’t always part of the plan is beyond me.

Skelinoz 5:11 pm 06 Jan 15

We knew it was coming, I think we knew it was going to be chaos and thus far it has been. Heard on the radio the Police are going to get involved in sorting the mess over the next day or to. Somebody really did not think this through. Last night traffic was backed up from Drakeford Drive, past Calwell shops almost to the Monaro Highway, I realise and i am not a road planner or traffic flow expert that some of these suburbs are one way in, one way out. Is it really that difficult to have worked out which intersections and roundabouts were going to jam up and to have installed temporary lights etc?

gazket 4:32 pm 06 Jan 15

Bunda st was closed for 2 months and all they did was a few square meters of paving and some disgusting guard rail looking thing. Putting in pipes going to take a while .

KB1971 2:43 pm 06 Jan 15

harvyk1 said :

bd84 said :

Option 1 was close part of the road for 7 weeks and have people whinge about it for 7 weeks. Option 2 was to do it during the quietest time of the year and get it finished in 10 days and have fewer people whinge for only 10 days. People want it done at night, but would be the same people whinging when it makes noise.

Option 2 looks a lot better than option 1. They gave notice that it was going to happen, it can’t be that difficult for people to alter their travel times to avoid most of the congestion.. But people are creatures of habit and will keep banging their head against the wall to complain that it hurts.

so bd84, do you actually live down in Condor / Banks or Gordon?

The big problem is that they closed the road, put in detours and didn’t spend a second thinking about the flow on effects on other roads and most critically on nearby intersections, if they did, they would have put in some sort of traffic flow management (eg temporary traffic lights). A big part of the problem is that at roundabouts and T-intersections, everyone is slowing down to walking pace as they go past because people are “sneaking in”. Putting up some temporary traffic lights to help traffic flow would have gone a long way to easing congestion.

Reading in the paper this morning it seems the drilling wasnt an oprion in this case because of poor road base or something. I dare say this also stopped the whole “lets do one side at a time” thing too if the ground happened to become undstable.

KB1971 2:42 pm 06 Jan 15

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mikal 2:03 pm 06 Jan 15

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harvyk1 1:17 pm 06 Jan 15

bd84 said :

Option 1 was close part of the road for 7 weeks and have people whinge about it for 7 weeks. Option 2 was to do it during the quietest time of the year and get it finished in 10 days and have fewer people whinge for only 10 days. People want it done at night, but would be the same people whinging when it makes noise.

Option 2 looks a lot better than option 1. They gave notice that it was going to happen, it can’t be that difficult for people to alter their travel times to avoid most of the congestion.. But people are creatures of habit and will keep banging their head against the wall to complain that it hurts.

so bd84, do you actually live down in Condor / Banks or Gordon?

The big problem is that they closed the road, put in detours and didn’t spend a second thinking about the flow on effects on other roads and most critically on nearby intersections, if they did, they would have put in some sort of traffic flow management (eg temporary traffic lights). A big part of the problem is that at roundabouts and T-intersections, everyone is slowing down to walking pace as they go past because people are “sneaking in”. Putting up some temporary traffic lights to help traffic flow would have gone a long way to easing congestion.

bd84 1:03 pm 06 Jan 15

Option 1 was close part of the road for 7 weeks and have people whinge about it for 7 weeks. Option 2 was to do it during the quietest time of the year and get it finished in 10 days and have fewer people whinge for only 10 days. People want it done at night, but would be the same people whinging when it makes noise.

Option 2 looks a lot better than option 1. They gave notice that it was going to happen, it can’t be that difficult for people to alter their travel times to avoid most of the congestion.. But people are creatures of habit and will keep banging their head against the wall to complain that it hurts.

Heavs 12:47 pm 06 Jan 15

Vote Labor.

harvyk1 9:35 am 06 Jan 15

Yeap, I was caught up in the chaos yesterday, both in the morning and evening.
Today I left home an hour early to make sure I missed the traffic jams, and I’ll be leaving work an hour early this evening for the same reason.

It turned my 25 minute drive into work into a 1.5 hour waiting game.

Considering the last set of pipes they ran under the road was done in a weekend and was done with only a lollipop man closing one lane at a time, I’d love to know who thought closing down effectively 2 of the 3 lanes out of Lanyon was a good idea.

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