This morning, as I wound my way through the various road work on the Coppins Crossing Rd – Uriarra Rd – Cotter Rd route around the new suburb of Wright, I came up behind a B double which (when the red light changed to allow us through the roadwork) had some trouble negotiating the route. For a while I was concerned, as backing one of those things can’t be fun, but after some minor repositioning of barriers, he got through.*
This prompted me to comment on something I have been thinking of for some time now. During the construction of this suburb, and the changes to the roads around it, at various times both Cotter Rd and Uriarra Rd have been reduced to a single lane actively controlled (lights or lollipop man). At one point, both roads were restricted in two separate places. In light of the fact that they have also just built an entire suburb worth of roads currently laying idle, I can’t help but wonder if they could not have built one road, then re-rerouted all traffic along it then closed the other and been able to work without cars constantly creeping past (at speeds varying from 15km/h to 80km/h).
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* Photo taken while stationery
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