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William Hovell Drive – now 80kmh

By planeguy - 19 April 2012 36

So it seems like in the Government’s infinite wisdom, that they have decreased the speed limit on William Hovell Dve east of the Interchange, from 90kmh to 80kmh.

Now, that by itself is annoying an perplexing, however, just a short distance east, on Parkes Way, the limit is still 90kmh – on what can only be described as a busier road, with less visibility etc…

I would love to know the basis of this decision – is it based purely on theory? Are their accident stats that have been determined as being too high for that stretch of road? Or is it a political decision to continue to decrease speeds?

What’s Your opinion?


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36 Responses to
William Hovell Drive – now 80kmh
Lainey 11:01 am 19 Apr 12

Saw this last night on my way home in peak hour traffic. This road is not near any dwellings, so why the 10km less??

A reason informing motorists ahead of time would be ideal.

Sgt.Bungers 11:00 am 19 Apr 12

Alistair Coe is also unimpressed as per his twitter posts: https://twitter.com/#!/alistair_coe

I checked out the implementation of the limit, and as usual, there are multiple violations of Australian Standard 1742.4, as well as some of 1742.3 at present. Full article to come.

I don’t understand why the limit on this dual carriageway road has been lowered to 80 km/h as it now matches the speed limit of Coulter Drive, a single carriageway road with bus stops and passively controlled intersections… Coppins Crossing Road, a winding and unforgiving rural road, and Bindubi Street, another single carriageway road.

Some small sections of William Hovell Drive could be argued to be inappropriate for 90 km/h, but certainly not the 2 km/h section of relatively new dual carriageway between Bindubi and Coulter.

Given that the installation of point to point cameras has been recommended on William Hovell Drive by AECOM, one cannot help but be synical about this drop in the speed limit.

p1 10:58 am 19 Apr 12

BenMac said :

With the construction of Molonglo now underway and the news of the Coppins Crossing intersection being upgraded, I wonder if they will take the time and re-align Coppins Crossing and Coulter Dr into one big intersection like they were planning.

If they do, I really hope the budget includes a bridge.

chewy14 10:55 am 19 Apr 12

Once they start the roadworks on Parkes Way for the extra lane I believe it’s going to get dropped to 80km/hr too.

BenMac 10:50 am 19 Apr 12

With the construction of Molonglo now underway and the news of the Coppins Crossing intersection being upgraded, I wonder if they will take the time and re-align Coppins Crossing and Coulter Dr into one big intersection like they were planning.

Dilandach 10:48 am 19 Apr 12

circusmonkey said :

I’m hoping that this is in preparation for the intersection upgrades about to happen on that section of road.

Seems a little more permanent. They’ve got the proper street speed signs up, not just a temporary speed notice.

p1 10:46 am 19 Apr 12

AAMC said :

Thumper said :

Has anyone seen the debacle that is Spofforth St in Holt?

Ah yes, death by a thousand speed bumps.

Thirteen actually, I counted.

AAMC said :

Actually that is a massive pain; especially when heavy vehicles are trying to get to the west Belconnen industrial area. So most vehicles are either going past Kippax or through the small housing estate behind the gold course. So effectively, they have pushed more traffic (heavy traffic) through higher density and higher pedestrian traffic areas.

I think that they are actually pushing most traffic down Southern Cross Drive and along Kingsford Smith, which is designed to be a much busier road. Although, since Spofforth St is the same speed limit as Southern Cross, it should be equally as safe, yes?

AAMC 10:35 am 19 Apr 12

Thumper said :

Has anyone seen the debacle that is Spofforth St in Holt?

Seriously, do yourself a favour and have a look.

Ah yes, death by a thousand speed bumps.

Actually that is a massive pain; especially when heavy vehicles are trying to get to the west Belconnen industrial area. So most vehicles are either going past Kippax or through the small housing estate behind the gold course. So effectively, they have pushed more traffic (heavy traffic) through higher density and higher pedestrian traffic areas.

Ben_Dover 10:18 am 19 Apr 12

How stupid is that? I drive this daily, it should have gone up 10 k, not down!!

p1 10:00 am 19 Apr 12

Mysteryman said :

Don’t you know that cars travelling at speeds higher than 80km/h are a million times more likely to spontaneously combust and kill nuns, children, legless lizards? They are also only driven by criminals and those who don’t care about safety.

Unless they are white and driven by a high vis wear bloke on the phone. Then they are fine.

Mysteryman 9:46 am 19 Apr 12

Don’t you know that cars travelling at speeds higher than 80km/h are a million times more likely to spontaneously combust and kill nuns, children, legless lizards? They are also only driven by criminals and those who don’t care about safety.

MonarchRepublic 9:46 am 19 Apr 12

I dont drive that stretch, so can’t visualise the area, but is isn’t related to this is it?
http://www.gaibrodtmann.com.au/media/eight-black-spot-projects-commence-across-canberra/

Thumper 9:45 am 19 Apr 12

Has anyone seen the debacle that is Spofforth St in Holt?

Seriously, do yourself a favour and have a look.

circusmonkey 9:41 am 19 Apr 12

I’m hoping that this is in preparation for the intersection upgrades about to happen on that section of road.

AAMC 9:35 am 19 Apr 12

Yeah, I saw that this morning, it’s pretty annoying.

I’m going to guess that it is an attempt to slow traffic down approaching the Glenloch exchange to reduce congestion in peak periods; won’t work as WHD backs up to the Higgins/Hawker roundabout and the average speed is <50km/h anyway during the peak.

OR

Maybe it is so the cars hit the potholes slower??

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