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Upgrade Complete on Wentworth Avenue

By johnboy - 9 July 2013 14

Well, as near complete as these things get in the ACT.

Mayor Rattenbury is very happy:

“Approximately 650 metres of the city bound carriageway received a new surface and new kerbs and guttering. A bitumen coated polyester grid was used in the resurfacing to help prevent cracks and gaps appearing on the surface of the road, which is often the case with older roads built with a concrete base.

“The pavement upgrade to the city bound carriageway from Burke Crescent to Dawes Street will make the road safer for motorists, cyclists and other road users, and will improve the amenity of the area.

“As well as benefiting motorists, the many cyclists who use this section of road will enjoy a smoother journey on the on-road cycle path.”

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Upgrade Complete on Wentworth Avenue
JC 12:45 pm 19 Jul 13

It will be interesing to see if the new technique works to prevent, over time the craking that is the cause of the clickity clack on this road.

watto23 10:50 am 19 Jul 13

I give them 5 stars for the job, although its obvious more of the road needs to be repaired. I assume it was budget reasons why the whole stretch on both sides wasn’t done, but what will happen is we’ll get this road continually being fixed in the future extending the roadworks out for longer. They could have done a single lane in both directions at the same time as they did for the section completed.

JC 7:35 am 19 Jul 13

justin heywood said :

JC said :

As for our roads being so shite, I suggest you get out of town. Drive to Sydney and go down some of the suburban roads and you will see they do exactly the same as they do here. The difference with Sydney however is the main roads cop such a hiding from heavy vehicles that unlike Canberra roads they get so damaged that ripping them up and putting down hot mix is the only way to go. But our roads do not cop anywhere near that pounding.

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JC, you seem to have a suspiciously detailed knowledge of road construction. Is there something about the roadbuilding history, substrate or surroundings of Wentworth Ave that causes it to be as rough as it is?

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Yep it has a concrete base. There are only other road I know if in Canberra like it is Brisbane Ave is another. Brisbane Ave is exposed but Wenthworth Ave is covered with hot mix for what ever reason.

The reason it rides rough is becuase it is slab construction and the slabs move, as opposed to the more modern concrete roads where it is continuous with expansion cut in. ala parts of Federal/Hume highways

In fact if you look at the first post it talks about some of the special techniques they had to use on Wentworth Ave owing to the concrete base.

The reason they have kept it is it makes a good long lasting road, it just becomes rough when it moves.

Now go to Sydney and you will find a whole heap of roads with concrete bases that drive like Wentworth Ave, especially in the inner south west. Kingsgrove, Tempe etc

justin heywood 8:17 pm 18 Jul 13

JC said :

As for our roads being so shite, I suggest you get out of town. Drive to Sydney and go down some of the suburban roads and you will see they do exactly the same as they do here. The difference with Sydney however is the main roads cop such a hiding from heavy vehicles that unlike Canberra roads they get so damaged that ripping them up and putting down hot mix is the only way to go. But our roads do not cop anywhere near that pounding.

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JC, you seem to have a suspiciously detailed knowledge of road construction. Is there something about the roadbuilding history, substrate or surroundings of Wentworth Ave that causes it to be as rough as it is?

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JC 5:59 pm 18 Jul 13

Jere13 said :

I thought people were joking when they said only a section of ONE SIDE of Wentworth Avenue would be repaired. This is crazy. How bad does the other side need to get before they will do anything about it.

At least it was asphalt unlike the reported 90% of our roads that are now single layer spray seal (loose gravel sprayed with tar). Which incidentally is the lowest grade of sealed road. That’s right, we are getting the rock bottom lowest grade. I’m sure they would have us riding on dirt roads if they could.

Honestly I think Canberra/the ACT now officially has the worst roads in the country.

Most of Canberra roads are chipseal over old hot mix asphalt, due to the road surface still being relatively ok, so they reseal and put the rocks on for grip. It would be shear financial stupidity to rip up a perfectly good road surface just to reseal it when it can be done other ways at a reasonable cost.

The single layer spray that you talk of is what they generally use on roads that are not intended to remain for too long in their current form. A good example is Horse Park Drive where they built quick and cheap because the final layout and route was not know. They did the same with part of Gungahlin Drive when it used to run into Sandford Street Mitchell. Of course the old bit is LONG gone, so of course it made sense to do it with what you describe as “rock bottom lowest grade”.

As for our roads being so shite, I suggest you get out of town. Drive to Sydney and go down some of the suburban roads and you will see they do exactly the same as they do here. The difference with Sydney however is the main roads cop such a hiding from heavy vehicles that unlike Canberra roads they get so damaged that ripping them up and putting down hot mix is the only way to go. But our roads do not cop anywhere near that pounding.

Then drive home through Bathurst and Cowra and then come back and tell me how bad Canberra roads are.

Jere13 4:55 pm 18 Jul 13

I thought people were joking when they said only a section of ONE SIDE of Wentworth Avenue would be repaired. This is crazy. How bad does the other side need to get before they will do anything about it.

At least it was asphalt unlike the reported 90% of our roads that are now single layer spray seal (loose gravel sprayed with tar). Which incidentally is the lowest grade of sealed road. That’s right, we are getting the rock bottom lowest grade. I’m sure they would have us riding on dirt roads if they could.

Honestly I think Canberra/the ACT now officially has the worst roads in the country.

bundah 10:07 pm 09 Jul 13

benno1 said :

That road (well the rest of it anyway) is the worst road in Canberra.

There are a number of streets in Narrabundah,Griffith and Ainslie which are bumpy as hell in parts and I reckon on par with Wentworth Ave.

zippyzippy 8:42 pm 09 Jul 13

Nice job.

Wow. That felt… good.

Pork Hunt 8:09 pm 09 Jul 13

benno1 said :

Just so happens that Gillard owns an apartment which exits out onto Wentworth ave smack in the middle of where the new works have been completed.. funny that’s the section they chose to do isn’t it?

That road (well the rest of it anyway) is the worst road in Canberra.

Got a source for that?

benno1 7:49 pm 09 Jul 13

Just so happens that Gillard owns an apartment which exits out onto Wentworth ave smack in the middle of where the new works have been completed.. funny that’s the section they chose to do isn’t it?

That road (well the rest of it anyway) is the worst road in Canberra.

bundah 2:28 pm 09 Jul 13

Approx 650 metres?? What a load of absolute bulls*** it was 350 metres max!!

Holden Caulfield 12:14 pm 09 Jul 13

teddyhb said :

Now that they have finished upgrading the only section of Wentworth avenue that wasnt in terrible condition, can they fix the rest of it please?

I concur.

I made a complaint about a pothole on the lake side of Wentworth Ave to Corbell in the first twitter cabinet thingy, however long ago that was. The response he gave made it sound like something was actually going to happen!

But the pothole is still there.

Presumably, the other side of the road is going to get fixed too?

Madam Cholet 11:36 am 09 Jul 13

I drove on this stretch of road on Saturday and thought it really odd that they seemed to have left out a small part of road just before the new section that could have very easily been included.

teddyhb 11:21 am 09 Jul 13

Now that they have finished upgrading the only section of Wentworth avenue that wasnt in terrible condition, can they fix the rest of it please?

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