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Woden Contractors get the nod to expand Parkes Way

By johnboy 13 May 2012 26

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s handed over the contract for the $13 million Parkes Way widening to Woden Contractors:

“The $13 million Parkes Way widening project will benefit all Canberrans and see the construction of a third lane from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue, which will increase the capacity of the road and in turn improve traffic flow and road safety,” the Chief Minister said.

“This is an important road upgrade project that will improve travel times for those from the south of Canberra who currently use the Tuggeranong Parkway and those from the north and west, who use William Hovell Drive and the GDE to get onto Parkes Way.

“Parkes Way carries over 35,000 vehicles a day and with increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley and Gungahlin, the volume of traffic is forecast to increase to 40,000 vehicles a day by 2016,” the Chief Minister said.

The project will also involve improving the Parkes Way on-ramp to Commonwealth Avenue by increasing the length of the merging lane with London Circuit southbound traffic. New street lighting will also be installed along the route.

Existing lanes will stay open but with reduced speeds.

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buzz819 11:22 am 15 May 12

Here’s a question, why should we give more money to Action? So they can hire more bus drivers who don’t want to work past 11pm and wont work weekends or public holidays?

All the cars going down Parkes Way aren’t all going to the city, they go to the Parliamentary Triangle, Kingston, Fyshwick, Campbell Park, Brindabella Park, some even go to Queanbeyan.

I doubt they are going to put enough buses on the road to make up for the 35,000 people, that’s what, 3,500 buses they’d have to find?

dvaey 1:17 am 15 May 12

JC said :

They then also need to widen the bridge of Clunies Ross Street and they are also doing work on the otherside of the tunnel in relation to the Commonwealth ave exit. So overall $13m looks a tad small.

NSW RTA just completed a project on Nerriga Rd, rebuilding over 54km of road (realigning, sealing, new bridges, etc) for $80m. So, how come the RTA can turn a 50km dirt track into tar for $1.6m/km yet it costs between $3-$6m per km (depending on whether you think theyre redoing 4km or 2km of road) to move some streetlights and adjust the sealed road already there?

I guess though, with hindsight of the GDE. we should be expecting to pay $15-$20 per km for this road.

FioBla said :

With regards to public transport use in percentages, and compared to other Australian capitals, Canberra was keeping up with Perth in 1996. And then the bottom fell out big time:

One interesting note I see from those figures, is that Hobart was in-line with Canberra, until 2006 when they suddenly increased from 6.9% to 10.3% usage. So looking at the summary numbers, Hobart scored -19.5% for 1996-2006 (from 12.8 to 10.3) but from 2000-2006 they nearly doubled their public transport usage (from 5.2 to 10.3). In the same time, Canberras usage has continued sliding downwards.

What did Hobart do between 2003 and 2006 that suddenly doubled their public transport usage, and why has that not been looked at for Canberra?

slashdot 8:31 pm 14 May 12

Hasn’t labor learnt from the farce that is the GDE. Don’t upgrade core arterial roads in a cheap half-arsed manner. Do it once and do it properly. It may cost slightly more, but it will be cheaper in the long run. I can just see that using parkes way from Belconnen is going to be a nightmare for the next decade

Deckard 7:19 pm 14 May 12

Will this mean we all just get to the bottleneck at Commonwealth Ave/Coranderrk St roundabout a bit quicker? Until they design something to get the traffic to flow through there a lot faster I don’t think it’ll make too much of a difference.

After that they’ll need to fix the ANZAC parade roundabout.

How much money for a couple of tunnels?

FioBla 5:58 pm 14 May 12

I’m glad gasman is doing the arguing, so I don’t have to.

With regards to public transport use in percentages, and compared to other Australian capitals, Canberra was keeping up with Perth in 1996. And then the bottom fell out big time:

The ACT government’s shot-term targets for non-car use are also very unambitious:

Someone brought up the “sick, elderly, diseased or injured”. Actually, those are reasons to have alternatives to private motor vehicles. One day every single person reading this will be unable to drive. Due to poor vision, poor reflexes, epilepsy, a broken limb, can’t afford rego/insurance or car itself, accumulated demerits etc—and all this not just due to old age too. If you have a person that can drive you around Canberra, then that’s wonderful. But for your own independence—the alternative being a prisoner in your own home—good alternatives to the private car would be important.

IMO it is a losing argument discussing public transport in Canberra. It’s an Australia-wide problem. Sydney can’t do build more rail because it’s too built up. Canberra can’t have better public transport because it’s too depopulated. Melbourne can’t build rail to its airports because it’s too expensive. Yea right. Building roads is cool, it’s popular, and it doesn’t afraid of anything.

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