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Traffic lights coming to roundabouts?

By johnboy 5 November 2012 35

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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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Antagonist 1:17 pm 07 Nov 12

Grail said :

This morning’s traffic was awesome! As in, there were actually gaps in the traffic on Ellerston Avenue so I could exit my cul-de-sac without pulling out in front of speeding rat runners.

The backup of traffic on the roundabout was severely reduced, there were far fewer idiots in my suburb: awesome, bring on the permanent lights!

Moving the lights to the roundabout will not help, the lights are to control flow of traffic into the round about, not through the roundabout. There is a difference. Think chastity belt vs condom.

I disagree. The traffic on Ellerston was exactly the same as usual. The only difference was the traffic banked up on two sides of the roundabout at Isabella/Drakeford instead of just one.

Grail 10:57 am 07 Nov 12

This morning’s traffic was awesome! As in, there were actually gaps in the traffic on Ellerston Avenue so I could exit my cul-de-sac without pulling out in front of speeding rat runners.

The backup of traffic on the roundabout was severely reduced, there were far fewer idiots in my suburb: awesome, bring on the permanent lights!

Moving the lights to the roundabout will not help, the lights are to control flow of traffic into the round about, not through the roundabout. There is a difference. Think chastity belt vs condom.

arescarti42 12:14 pm 06 Nov 12

KB1971 said :

arescarti42 said :

Of course the north side gets more investment in public infrastructure knucklehead, that’s where all the population growth is, while the likes of Tuggeranong are shrinking.

*facepalm*

Tuggeranong is not “shrinking”, there is a slight ebb in its population at the moment, given that there are still areas to be developed in the south the rail should include the south as well as Belconnen and Woden.

After many years of Labour focusing on the north of Canberra and ignoring needed infrastructure in the south it is refreshing to see some work being done. Just because there is no population growth at the moment it doesn’t mean that there has not been in the past. Take Eastern Valley Rise in Conder for example, the increased the size of Banks & Conder by 1/2 but did not duplicate the main road until some years later.

I am not saying that the north should not get it, but there is a city on the south side of the lake.

Tuggeranong is shrinking, the population there fell 8 out of the last 10 years. Over the last decade 2500 people left, about a suburb’s worth, making it the only shrinking district in Canberra.

That said, I take your other points.

allyroger 11:58 am 06 Nov 12

it took them a year to build a footbridge down the road, god knows how long for a overpass.

watto23 10:55 am 06 Nov 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Roundabouts with traffic lights; really, has civilisation retreated so far, haha? Soon we’ll have tits on a bull.

It’s the dumbest idea ever. Either return said roundabout to a regular traffic light intersection or maintain the theory of free flowing traffic by putting in a properly designed overpass.

I understand that heavy traffic can make roundabouts unworkable during peak times, but a band-aid solution of traffic lights?! Yeah, nah.

It makes complete sense. Cost a fortune to dig up the roundabout and build a normal intersection. Besides If the current lights are anything to go by, lights would only be active in peak times to aid traffic flow. It will stop people darting through suburbs because they are likely to be met with a red light.

Holden Caulfield 10:05 am 06 Nov 12

Roundabouts with traffic lights; really, has civilisation retreated so far, haha? Soon we’ll have tits on a bull.

It’s the dumbest idea ever. Either return said roundabout to a regular traffic light intersection or maintain the theory of free flowing traffic by putting in a properly designed overpass.

I understand that heavy traffic can make roundabouts unworkable during peak times, but a band-aid solution of traffic lights?! Yeah, nah.

KB1971 9:44 am 06 Nov 12

arescarti42 said :

Of course the north side gets more investment in public infrastructure knucklehead, that’s where all the population growth is, while the likes of Tuggeranong are shrinking.

*facepalm*

Tuggeranong is not “shrinking”, there is a slight ebb in its population at the moment, given that there are still areas to be developed in the south the rail should include the south as well as Belconnen and Woden.

After many years of Labour focusing on the north of Canberra and ignoring needed infrastructure in the south it is refreshing to see some work being done. Just because there is no population growth at the moment it doesn’t mean that there has not been in the past. Take Eastern Valley Rise in Conder for example, the increased the size of Banks & Conder by 1/2 but did not duplicate the main road until some years later.

I am not saying that the north should not get it, but there is a city on the south side of the lake.

Stinger 9:44 am 06 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

Totally agree. The whole length of that drive should be dual lane dual carriageway…

I’ve never come across a round-a-bout with a right angle in it before…bloody silly!

KB1971 9:35 am 06 Nov 12

gooterz said :

Anna Key said :

Is this one outcome of the election – Zed’s tactics have resulted in the ALP paying attention to something south of Belconnen

Could do with something similar on Sulwood Dve westbound to help clear the tailback on Athllon each morning.

They’ll tax it with the speed camera yet won’t duplicate it.

14 speed camera’s down south. 9 north. Yet only roads on the north are seeing work.
North side even gets a train, that would make more sense down south.

Erindale Drive/Sternberg Cr, it backs up to Isabella Dve via Ashley drive some mornings.

I sometimes think that these roads should be duplicated but with their bottlenecks it would be counter productive.

KB1971 9:30 am 06 Nov 12

Primal said :

KB1971 said :

I don’t understand your reasoning.

I think he means that having lights on the eastbound traffic lets more of the southbound traffic through at speed, which makes it harder for the westbound traffic to enter the roundabout. If southbound was being more regularly cut off (or at least slowed down) by eastbound, it would create more opportunities for westbound to go.

Still doesn’t make sense as the increase in southbound traffic there is minimal as taninous said. It is really no different to using the roundabout at any other time.

The only time I have to “run the gauntlet” on that roundabout is if I am heading west in the afternoon with the traffic form Tuggeranong and the City making that part of the intersection busy. In the mornings its fine from the north.

pepmeup 9:17 am 06 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 totally disagree you knew where you were buying your house or decide ding where to rent. Why should thevrestvof Canberra pay so you can get home quicker. If you didn’t want this problem you shouldn’t live in gungahlin

wildturkeycanoe 6:06 am 06 Nov 12

Don’t tell me someone has figured out that roundabouts don’t work and traffic lights are far superior!!!!

arescarti42 12:02 am 06 Nov 12

gooterz said :

Anna Key said :

Is this one outcome of the election – Zed’s tactics have resulted in the ALP paying attention to something south of Belconnen

Could do with something similar on Sulwood Dve westbound to help clear the tailback on Athllon each morning.

They’ll tax it with the speed camera yet won’t duplicate it.

14 speed camera’s down south. 9 north. Yet only roads on the north are seeing work.
North side even gets a train, that would make more sense down south.

Of course the north side gets more investment in public infrastructure knucklehead, that’s where all the population growth is, while the likes of Tuggeranong are shrinking.

gooterz 11:13 pm 05 Nov 12

Anna Key said :

Is this one outcome of the election – Zed’s tactics have resulted in the ALP paying attention to something south of Belconnen

Could do with something similar on Sulwood Dve westbound to help clear the tailback on Athllon each morning.

They’ll tax it with the speed camera yet won’t duplicate it.

14 speed camera’s down south. 9 north. Yet only roads on the north are seeing work.
North side even gets a train, that would make more sense down south.

miz 11:11 pm 05 Nov 12

Thanks Primal – exactly.

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