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Traffic lights coming to roundabouts?

By johnboy - 5 November 2012 35

isabella and drakeford

Territory and Municipal Services have posted an intriguing warning that they’re installing traffic lights on the roundabout at the intersection of Drakeford and Isabella Drives:

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that there will be changed traffic conditions on Isabella Drive, westbound, at the roundabout intersection with Drakeford Drive between 7.30 am to 9.30 am Wednesday 7 November and Thursday 8 November 2012.

Roads ACT will be undertaking the testing of part-time traffic lights at the roundabout to study the impact on vehicles during morning peak.


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Traffic lights coming to roundabouts?
miz 5:53 pm 05 Nov 12

Good plan – people have to run the gauntlet to cross that roundabout going westbound, very dangerous. indeed. IMHO, it was only made worse by the lights stopping the east bound traffic.

They are seriously going to have to widen Isabella Dr sometime, too. It makes no sense to get people thru the intersection only to get held up with a merge into a single lane. Should be a dual carriage way – the land is ready and waiting.

c_c™ 5:00 pm 05 Nov 12

I said they’d need to do this years ago when they installed the silly set of Northbound only lights.

Bravo for catching on TAMS.

FioBla 4:43 pm 05 Nov 12

Have people not heard that “Roundabouts represent freedom; roundabouts represent liberty; roundabouts represent democracy at its finest”.

While traffic lights are “…a Bolshevist menace”.

According to Peter Phelps from the NSW parliament anyway
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod%5Cparlment%5Chanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LC20110812?open&refNavID=HA5_1

Search the text for “Speed and safety cameras”. Canberra gets a positive mention.

watto23 3:54 pm 05 Nov 12

dks00k said :

That’s not such a bad idea if it proceeds. I gather its intent is to reduce the long line of traffic heading northbound on Drakeford Drive in the morning. Perhaps it will reduce the number of morons who turn left into Athelon Dr and u-turn at the Ankatel St roundabout to avoid the queue.

However what I would like to see is something to assist Isabella Dr traffic heading West in the PM…..

Not only do they U-Turn, but they stream through Bonython as well. I think lights may help, although I think in all directions would be beneficial and they need to be at the intersection, not set back like the ones they have now.

Tetranitrate 2:39 pm 05 Nov 12

Chop71 said :

joingler said :

Stinger said :

Wow. They should do that on the Barton Hwy round-a-bout as well!

We need an overpass there like the one on Kings Avenue/Parkes Way.

We also need Gundaroo/William Slim to be duplicated

I don’t use these roads but agree with you

Same, Gundaroo Drive being single lane and splitting then re-merging for every roundabout or set of lights is a bit of a joke.

Chop71 2:24 pm 05 Nov 12

joingler said :

Stinger said :

Wow. They should do that on the Barton Hwy round-a-bout as well!

We need an overpass there like the one on Kings Avenue/Parkes Way.

We also need Gundaroo/William Slim to be duplicated

I don’t use these roads but agree with you

andym 1:14 pm 05 Nov 12

KB1971 said :

That whole roundabout needs to go, it banks the traffic back up to Johnson Dve some mornings. It need a set of lights at none of the other intersections on Drakeford bank up like that, even at the busiest times.

Funny – it used to be a set of lights years ago and everyone thought the roundabout would fix the problem.

Grail 12:55 pm 05 Nov 12

There are currently part time signals Eastbound on Athllon Drive into this roundabout, which control traffic exiting the town centre precinct into Isabella Drive and Drakeford Drive. These lights are about 50m back from the roundabout, allowing a few cars to get through and queue into the roundabout. The main benefit of these lights is to allow Southbound traffic in the evening to get through the roundabout, reducing travel times for people heading South to e.g.: Conder and Gordon.

In the morning peak minutes there is a large volume of traffic heading North on Drakeford Drive which gets cut off by traffic entering from Isabella Drive, heading West to the town centre precinct and North to Kambah and beyond. A significant proportion of this Westbound traffic on Isabella Drive consists of vehicles that leave Drakeford Drive onto Johnson Drive, rat-run through Ellerston Avenue then Drumston Street and then turn left onto Isabella Drive.

Since it only takes a few cars per minute entering from Isabella Drive to jam up Drakeford Drive, the rat runners are making the commute worse for everyone. Thus installing the temporary signals will have two immediate benefits: first, morning peak Northbound traffic on Drakeford Drive will flow through the roundabout more freely and second, there will be less traffic on Ellerston Avenue speeding through two school zones.

These lights can’t come quickly enough!

Sammy 12:50 pm 05 Nov 12

They’ve been on the eastbound lead-in for PM traffic for a few years at least, so this is a trial on the westbound lead-in in the AM.

KB1971 12:48 pm 05 Nov 12

That whole roundabout needs to go, it banks the traffic back up to Johnson Dve some mornings. It need a set of lights at none of the other intersections on Drakeford bank up like that, even at the busiest times.

dks00k 12:46 pm 05 Nov 12

That’s not such a bad idea if it proceeds. I gather its intent is to reduce the long line of traffic heading northbound on Drakeford Drive in the morning. Perhaps it will reduce the number of morons who turn left into Athelon Dr and u-turn at the Ankatel St roundabout to avoid the queue.

However what I would like to see is something to assist Isabella Dr traffic heading West in the PM…..

joingler 12:39 pm 05 Nov 12

Stinger said :

Wow. They should do that on the Barton Hwy round-a-bout as well!

We need an overpass there like the one on Kings Avenue/Parkes Way.

We also need Gundaroo/William Slim to be duplicated

Baggy 12:27 pm 05 Nov 12

pete09 said :

Haven’t these lights been there for ages?

They have temporary lights northbound, the release specifies westbound.

pete09 12:12 pm 05 Nov 12

Haven’t these lights been there for ages?

Stinger 12:07 pm 05 Nov 12

Wow. They should do that on the Barton Hwy round-a-bout as well!

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