Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Opinion

In the fight of your life
you need the best at your side

Tuggeranong Parkway car trap misses out in Budget roads spend

Ian Bushnell 10 June 2019 43

Heading into the Tuggeranong Parkway car trap from the north. Photo: Lachlan Roberts.

There was a lot of money in the ACT Budget for roads but one notorious retch of bitumen missed out despite the disproportionate impact any accident there seems to have on Canberra motorists.

Last year I wrote about the Tuggeranong Parkway car trap, that stretch of road between the Cotter Road and the Glenloch interchange where even a minor bingle in peak times can mean long delays and missed appointments, kick-offs, and flights, or just being late for work or getting home.

The red zones appear to be near the Arboretum where traffic merges, the Cotter Road off-ramp and the Lady Denman Drive ramps, and accidents invariably involve multiple collisions that take a long time to clear.

These things often come in clutches and the week before last there were two morning crunches – one blocking northbound lanes after a bang-up near the Cotter Road off-ramp that saw traffic backed up to Kambah, the other near the Lady Denman Drive off-ramp that left southbound lanes a car park.

One caller to ABC Radio said he was now a half hour late for a booking with no end in sight to the blockage, lamenting that there must be some design flaw that causes crashes and stops them being cleared more quickly.

Everyone will have their theories – longer merging lanes at off-ramps, more room at the verges, somehow creating more space at that awful cram just past the Arboretum where the speed limit changes, lanes converge and traffic merges from the left when some drivers are looking to veer that direction toward Belconnen. Or just bad driving.

The Government acknowledges that the Tuggeranong Parkway between Cotter Road and the Glenloch interchange is one of the busiest sections of road in the ACT, transporting about 40,000 vehicles per day. “However, this stretch of road doesn’t exist in isolation and the performance of Parkes Way is a significant factor in increasing the reliability of the Parkway,” a spokesperson for Roads Minister Chris Steel, a regular Parkway user, says.

The Government says it has focused on safety in the Budget with five major intersection upgrades and beginning the work to remove intersections along the Monaro Highway, as well as starting the work to fully duplicate Athllon Drive and William Hovell Drive.

The spokesperson says the Parkway and the Glenloch interchange will continue to be monitored and improvements made where needed, especially with the predicted increase in traffic from the Molonglo Valley development but changes to speed limits were not in the mix.

Traffic on the Tuggeranong Parkway was reduced to a crawl after a two-vehicle collision near the Cotter Road turn-off on a Saturday night last September. Another collision occurred when two cars rear-ended each other, causing further delays to traffic. File photo.

Roads ACT monitors the performance of all roads in the Territory and accident data is a leading driver in identifying priorities for improvements.

It says that in the last five years there have been 239 reported crashes on Tuggeranong Parkway adjacent to the Arboretum, while in the same period there have been 46 reported crashes at the on/off-ramps joining the Cotter Road and the Tuggeranong Parkway. Most of these crashes, thankfully, involved property damage only.

So far, in 2019 there has been 21 reported crashes at these two sites, 20 adjacent to the Arboretum and one at the on/off-ramps joining the Tuggeranong Parkway and the Cotter Road. (Note: there is a two-month lead-time for crash data to be cleared and entered into the database.)

But the problem with the Parkway is that when an accident happens there seems to be nowhere to go and the entire north-south link can come to a standstill.

As I said last year, this saps the confidence of drivers in the reliability of the road to take you where you want to be quickly, and places extra pressure on the Cotter Road-Adelaide Avenue route to the city. At least that’s an option. If you are heading to Belconnen or Gungahlin, bad luck.

If nothing else the data points to issues near the Arboretum that scream for attention.

“The unfortunate reality is that it is hard to engineer the human factor on busy roads. Despite that the ACT Government will continue to consider options for improvements to the road,” Mr Steel’s spokesperson says.

In the meantime, choose your travel time and route carefully, and heed the sage advice from the police who have to clean up these messes. “Many of these peak hour collisions are as a result of drivers not leaving adequate distance in front of them to stop safely,” a spokesperson said.


What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
39 Responses to
Tuggeranong Parkway car trap misses out in Budget roads spend
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newest
Deref 11:20 am 14 Jun 19

The Glenloch Interchange must be one of the worst-designed spaghetti junctions the country. As we’ve come to expect, penny-pinching construction followed by later “rectification” works which made the problem worse. Bulldoze the lot and get a competent designer to fix it.

ricketyclik 7:22 pm 13 Jun 19

‘“Many of these peak hour collisions are as a result of drivers not leaving adequate distance in front of them to stop safely,” a spokesperson said’.

Nailed it.

4:55 pm 12 Jun 19

People could drive a little better........

I know, dream on.

9:43 am 12 Jun 19

Crashes give people the chance to look around them and appreciate the wonder of the Canberran environment.

Viva la crash.

11:41 pm 11 Jun 19

Well at least the Liberal Federal Government gave ACT Government $200 million to fix up gross errors in the planning of the Monaro Highway. Not a bad windfall considering ACT Government said we got nothing for infrastructure but I guess it is in the south and it doesn't count! Thank you Zed and the Libs. This road fix has been a long time coming!

4:45 pm 11 Jun 19

This Government have tripled Rates over the past three years with another one coming from this years Budget.Nothing has been spent in the South during that time as all is being invested in the North.

Grimm 10:59 am 11 Jun 19

Wouldn’t be an issue if people didn’t feel the need to rubberneck every time a car is stopped on the side of the road.

10:26 am 11 Jun 19

Don't worry, Tuggeranong; if planning proceeds on schedule you should get light rail by 2056.

    11:18 am 11 Jun 19

    Martin Leonard except we don't want or need it. Far far cheaper for this city to put in a proper bus network that works.

9:41 am 11 Jun 19

If I read the article right the biggest whinge is when there is an accident there is no where else for vehicles to go. Which kind of begs the question where does the author think they should go? A parallel road maybe.

And making out like this is a unique thing to this road. Experience says any road if there is an accident that closes or partially closes the road will have an impact.

9:37 am 11 Jun 19

Barr and his cronies are north siders?

8:47 am 11 Jun 19

Everything about Tuggeranong gets left out.

Morgo 7:30 am 11 Jun 19

Vehicle accidents are not caused by bad roads. Other than in situations that a driver cannot realistically anticipate (e.g. a fault in the manufacturing of the vehicle), vehicle accidents are caused by a person making a poor decision.

7:00 am 11 Jun 19

It’s the right lane coming Down the gde trying to get into the far lane to get to lady Denman drive while everyone is merging from the on ramp from willian hovel and merging traffic from Parkes way southbound that’s the problem

Also at the cotter road turn off if people put there bloody blinkers on earlier that would help and the frequency of the lights to change would also help some days that left hand side lane is bummer to bummer because of the turn off to cotter road is full

Have had numerous phone calls to traffic controller about the lights there

11:10 pm 10 Jun 19

Gunners suffered through how many years of single lane roads in and out? I think tuggers can wait a little bit.

    4:03 pm 11 Jun 19

    Considering Tuggers has waited over 35 years for the long promised duplication of Erindale Dr and Sulwood Dr from pre-self government days, I guess a few extra years won't make a difference. Those graded areas and bridge pylons they started work on in the mid 80s aren't going anywhere......

10:19 pm 10 Jun 19

If people didn’t sit so close to the car in front of them they wouldn’t hit them........ 🏎

9:46 pm 10 Jun 19

I don't find anything wrong with the roads. The road is not the problem. Just the inconsistency of speed limits and stupid drivers...

    12:01 am 11 Jun 19

    Jeffrey Brown the problem with that particular half km stretch is that sometimes the traffic lights are too backed up which causes a crash when cars slow down to a near stop on a 100km road on a curve with no warning.

    9:36 am 11 Jun 19

    Jeffrey Brown what lights are they?

9:46 pm 10 Jun 19

Third lane of light rail needed Gungahlin to city first.

9:44 pm 10 Jun 19

Name somewhere in Canberra that doesn't have traffic traps from an accident?

9:44 pm 10 Jun 19

The number of drivers tailgating each other, often multiple cars just a metre or two behind apart doesn't help. Reminders on the side of the road about keeping a safe distance from the car in front would be a cost effective easy start

    10:17 pm 10 Jun 19

    Andrew Webber and if people are going to go below the speed limit sit in the left lane not the right!

9:13 pm 10 Jun 19

The south voted for Zed. Let them eat cake.

    9:34 pm 10 Jun 19

    But you don't think there is a connection?

    Federal government's have a habit of punishing state electorates that vote against them and state do the same to federal electorates. It's a tit for tat that has existed for decades

    10:45 pm 10 Jun 19

    Stephen Esdaile true but he's a prat that dummy spits. So over him acting like a spoilt kid for the disbenefit of the ACT and rate payers

    11:01 pm 10 Jun 19

    The whole ACT government is a child that dummy spits, sucked in by every trendy shiny new idea and then bailed out by selling land in a manner that the Mafia would blush at. ,😖

    12:48 pm 11 Jun 19

    Population in Tuggers is dropping. Why should they get more investment in infrastructure? Maintain what they have, and when the population increase demands improvements, then fix the roads. Gungahlin had to wait too long for Horse Park Drive to be duplicated... and it was one of the fastest growing areas in all of Australia.

    4:46 pm 11 Jun 19

    Chris Cross Tuggeranong is not Dropping and this you can tell as there are NO EMPTY houses?

    7:36 am 13 Jun 19

    The article is about ACT funding, not federal funding. The Labor/Green coalition ACT government has shown already it is uninterested in equity and prefers to direct transport funding and delivery away from lower income outer suburban households to higher income inner North and South households, even if they voted Labor as in Belwest. The light rail is the classic, but the neglect of outer suburban cycle infrastructure in favour of the inner North is another example.

    7:42 am 13 Jun 19

    Garry Dodds I would be interested in the most recent figures. A lot of households have become empty nesters, falling from 4-5 occupants to 1 - 2. . There are also a lot of group houses but they do not usually have more occupants than the family that typically lived there in the 80s and 90s. The number of cars would be growing though, as more retiree couples now run two cars, and there are often as many or more cars in a group house or a family with teenagers as there are than bedrooms .

    5:58 pm 15 Jun 19

    Stephen Esdaile not sure what Zed has to do with ACT Labor Govt budget, but anyway..

    6:02 pm 15 Jun 19

    Martin Milin read the comments further down...

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2019 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site