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Hello Brisbane, welcome to traffic chaos

Brisbane is currently in the middle of some serious traffic problems.

Resurfacing work on the freeway caused part of it to be closed on the weekend. Not really a problem, as the weekend is the "slack" time, and they let everyone know about it well in advance.

However, they announced on the radio Sunday night that the Ann St on ramp to the freeway will be closed on Monday because they weren't quite finished. I usually use the Ann St on ramp, so I made plans to use another route home on Monday.

On Tuesday we discover that the reason that the Ann St on ramp was closed wasn't because they hadn't finished, but was because they found a small crack in it that they didn't like the look off. On Tuesday they found an even bigger crack, and as a result closed the Ann St on ramp and the parts of the Riverside Expressway that ran underneath it permanently (until it's fixed).

They have closed less than a km, but it has caused the worst traffic problems that I can ever remember in this city.



The two red lines I've added to the map show the section that's closed off. Traffic headed north on the freeway must take the Elizabeth St exit into the city, and traffic headed south on Coronation drive must either take the Roma St exit or the Turbot St exit.

It's not much, but it's enough. Normally anyone coming from the north-west section of the city heading south would be coming along Coronation Drive or Hale St (not labelled on the map, but it's the blueish lines at the top left of the map) onto the Riverside Expressway which turns into the freeway.

I didn't leave work Tuesday night until about 7:00pm, and it took me an extra 10 minutes to get home, most of that time was wasted travelling a 500m section of road to get out of the city centre. Wednesday morning my 15 to 20 minute drive into work took 50 minutes. Last night and this morning weren't as bad as people are now used to the problem, but there is currently no end in sight to the changes. All I can say is that I'm lucky I live so close to the city. If I lived further out it would have been worse.

The current newspaper article can be found here.

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travisjhall
Oct. 19th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)

And this is why I approve wholeheartedly of attempts to improve the traffic infrastructure of Brisbane, including such projects as the North-South Bypass Tunnel. In fact, the Inner City Bypass already means I can breeze past the great majority of the "traffic chaos". This morning, I encountered one block of somewhat heavy traffic on my way to work, and that was it, due to the joy of being able to use the ICB.

halloranelder
Oct. 19th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
The people who tend to bitch and complain about how bad the traffic is tend to be the ones who scream the loudest whenever the government tries to build something in their back yard.

I love the ICB, and the North-South bypass tunnel will be great once it's done. However, I didn't want to live near that sort of construction, so I did the only sensible thing. I moved.
travisjhall
Oct. 19th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)

Well, I don't live near the NSBT construction (as you are obviously aware :) ) but I am definitely affected by it, as construction work for it is taking place one block from where I work, and prevent me from using the ICB on my way home (because it blocks access from here to there - a distance of two blocks!) I don't think I complain about it much. Maybe a little occasionally, but I accept it. I mean, I can't really expect to be able to use bypasses without them building bypasses, can I?

paradigmshifty
Oct. 19th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
Keep an eye out for yellow bulldozers, mongol hordes and Vogons.
halloranelder
Oct. 19th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
That reminds me, we really need to get you some LJ icons. :)
travisjhall
Oct. 19th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)

Eh.

designadrug
Oct. 19th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Thats a bitch. I always found the traffic in Brisbane to be very good.
halloranelder
Oct. 19th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Usually it is, so when things go wrong, they cause an absolute mess.

Part of the problem is that traffic is reasonably good most of the time, so people bitch and complain whenever the government tries to add new roads/tunnels/bridges/whatever that they aren't required.

They may not be required now, but in the future...
designadrug
Oct. 19th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
Exactly... not required now...

At least in Melbourne we have an enormous grid... many possible equal-length routes b/t any two off-axis points.
ib_stormcaller
Oct. 19th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
From what i understand of the brisbane traffic system the equivilent in melbourne would either be the closure of the Toorak rd/Monash intersection (with the major road section closure being the Monash) or in the north the Flemmington/Tullamarine intersection, again with the freeway being actually closed.

If either of those happened it would be catastrophic, dispite the grid system... (I know the Toorak Rd/Monash/Alburn Road intersection has something like 80,000 unique vehicles passing through it a day - this doesnt count the ones going straight ahead on the freeway either...)
designadrug
Oct. 19th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Back when there were traffic lights at that intersection (and Bourke, Tooronga and Warrigal) the Princes Highway used to take the overflow pretty well when there was a problem on the South Eastern.

However the point is made and I stand corrected.

draquin
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
There are no straight lines in Brisbane.
5km in a straight line can take 20km & 30 minutes...
In the middle of the day, or the middle of the night...
do not, repeat, not ask about peak hour... ... ...
designadrug
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
Err yeah, I know. I've driven in Brisbane peak hour traffic a few times. It never seemed (to me) as bad as Melbourne or Sydney. But I am probably mistaken on all counts. Though I seem to recall that end of town being a choke-point I avoided. I also recall thinking that Brissy drivers weren't terribly aggressive compared to Melb/Syd. Again, probably idealised memories.
travisjhall
Oct. 19th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)

Yes, and days like today give us a glimpse of what life will be like in the future if we don't get things right now.

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