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Work begins on Ashley Drive and Erindale Drive

By Barcham - 15 October 2013 27

Canberra has been sorely lacking in road works recently, but never fear, today Shane Rattenbury announced some more!

Rejoice!

“The ACT Government is upgrading Ashley Drive and Erindale Drive, including intersection improvements, to make the area safer for motorists, cyclists and other road users and reduce traffic congestion,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Carrying over 20,000 vehicles a day, these busy roads located in south Canberra provide an important link between Johnson Drive in Richardson and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa. They are two of the major access roads for traffic travelling from Tuggeranong suburbs such as Calwell, Gordon and Isabella Plains to Woden and the city.

“Increasing levels of traffic in the area has resulted in significant queuing and delays experienced by drivers at key intersections on Erindale Drive and Ashley Drive during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

“The upgrade aims to address traffic issues at key intersections with a focus on Ashley Drive’s intersections with Erindale Drive, Sternberg Crescent and McBryde Crescent. Once works are complete, motorists are sure to welcome the reduced queues at these intersections which will help reduce travel times.

“Stage one works will include:
— duplication of Erindale Drive between Sternberg Crescent and Ashley Drive
— part-time traffic signals (for the morning peak) on the eastern approach to the Sternberg Crescent and Erindale Drive roundabout
— introduction of left slip turn lanes on Erindale Drive (southbound) at the approaches to both Sternberg Crescent and Ashley Drive
— installation of traffic signals at the Ashley Drive/McBryde Crescent intersection.

“The signalisation of the Ashley Drive/McBryde Crescent intersection will provide a safe crossing for people visiting the Erindale Centre on foot or on bike. It will also aid vehicles entering and exiting the intersection which can prove difficult during peak hours, especially for buses which need more turning time.

The aim is for the stage 1 works to be done by May next year. Of course this will be construction zone speed limits and delays, so be prepared adjust your commutes accordingly.

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Work begins on Ashley Drive and Erindale Drive
KB1971 11:02 am 06 Nov 13

Primal said :

How’s the work on Cotter Road going? Might be a choice between Parkway-Cotter and the Monaro for getting into the Triangle.

What is with the hold up on the Monaro now?? Yeah the road lanes have changed ever so slightly but now the traffic builds up in both lanes all the way to Fyshwick?

Just drive it you numpties.

Felix the Cat 10:42 am 06 Nov 13

Primal said :

How’s the work on Cotter Road going? Might be a choice between Parkway-Cotter and the Monaro for getting into the Triangle.

Pretty much finished except there is still a bottleneck near Yarralumla Woolshed and also further down near the Streeton Dr intersection.

KB1971 8:46 am 06 Nov 13

Frustrated said :

If they hadn’t kept building the suburbs further south and to the north of Canberra, we wouldn’t be having these problems….Canberra was not designed for a population approaching 400k.

Live in Bonner do we?

JC 7:20 am 06 Nov 13

Jere13 said :

More coarse chip to go down and bask in the tyre roar.

Your really need to go see a professional about your chip obsession. But for what it is worth, most new sections of road they do in hotmix, so chill out.

c_c™ 4:50 am 06 Nov 13

Frustrated said :

If they hadn’t kept building the suburbs further south and to the north of Canberra, we wouldn’t be having these problems….Canberra was not designed for a population approaching 400k.

Seriously Canberra was planned for a population of half a million by 1990, the growth actually was below expectations.

In the south, Tuggeranong was meant to be roughly 40-50% bigger, extending west across the river corridor, so again, the actually development ended up being well less that that which was projected. The Tuggeranong Parkway for example was intended to be an 8 lane highway eventually. The large green belts in various areas of Canberra near roads were specifically designed to allow capacity expansion as development continues, something often overlook in other cities.

La_Tour_Maubourg 12:12 am 06 Nov 13

Duplicating the stretch between Sternberg Cr and Ashley Dr and not continuing until Drakeford Dr? Let’s have the queue of southbound peak traffic build up from Ashley Drive now rather than Sternberg Cres!

Frustrated 9:35 pm 05 Nov 13

If they hadn’t kept building the suburbs further south and to the north of Canberra, we wouldn’t be having these problems….Canberra was not designed for a population approaching 400k.

Jere13 12:53 pm 16 Oct 13

More coarse chip to go down and bask in the tyre roar.

goggles13 10:48 am 16 Oct 13

gooterz said :

The area in question is 300 metres.. What is that going to achieve?

between bugger all and nothing, but someone will feel warm and fuzzy that the works have happened.

surely doing phases 1 & 2 together would be more cost-efficient or is that such a radical thought that the Act Govt wouldn’t go this way?

gooterz 10:47 pm 15 Oct 13

Isn’t Erindale drive one of the least used out of Isabella Drive, Erindale and Athllon Drive.

If something was done about Athllon drive/Sulwood Drive intersection then Erindale drive wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

The area in question is 300 metres.. What is that going to achieve?

Primal 10:24 pm 15 Oct 13

Long needed improvements – glad to see they are finally underway. Now I just need to avoid them for seven months…

How’s the work on Cotter Road going? Might be a choice between Parkway-Cotter and the Monaro for getting into the Triangle.

MWF 8:50 pm 15 Oct 13

I started rat running to avoid that area years ago.

Will continue.

miz 8:39 pm 15 Oct 13

Finally. Though I agree with goggles that Stage 2 is equally crucial and should be done now, not ‘in subsequent years pending future funding’ (which sounds like the never never).

c_c™ 6:49 pm 15 Oct 13

Needed it a long time ago, I wonder when they’ll get on and finally duplicate the final section of Athlon Dr too? No doubt they plan to invest the sizeable revenue from those safety cameras into that project… oh wait

goggles13 6:25 pm 15 Oct 13

when will phase 2 happen, and why not now?

talk about a token effort for southside drivers

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