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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1278..

(5) What is the state of progress of remedial works and anticipated timetable for completion of all works.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, damage was caused by Telstra or contractors working on behalf of Telstra.

(2) During trenching activities, damage was caused to some components of the automatic irrigation system at the playing fields, including cabling and hydraulic tubes.

(3) The cost of restoring the damage is still being finalised but it will amount to several thousand dollars.

(4) The Department of Urban Services will be seeking to recover these costs from Telstra as they were responsible for the installation.

(5) The damage to the irrigation system has been repaired and it is now functioning normally.

Roads—traffic congestion

(Question No 969)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 7 March 2006:

(1) Are any further measures being contemplated to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours at the Hindmarsh Drive and Tyagarah St intersection;

(2) Is the Minister aware of growing traffic problems associated with traffic overflowing from the turning lane into Palmer Street from Hindmarsh Drive during morning peak hour;

(3) Will the Minister consider further measures to alleviate this peak hour congestion and resultant safety issues;

(4) Are there longer-term traffic plans being developed for this area in light of residential building underway in the East O'Malley Estate, and the likelihood of traffic conditions deteriorating at the Hindmarsh Drive and Tyagarah St intersection;

(5) Have any measures been contemplated to assist motorists seeking to exit O'Malley onto Yamba Drive during peak periods given that none of the exits from this suburb are afforded the protection of traffic light controlled intersections.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No further measures are currently being contemplated.

(2) The operation of this intersection during the morning peak has been observed by officers from Roads ACT. Whilst it is not impossible for the queue to overflow from the turning lane, it does not do so frequently, and is not considered a major issue.

(3) Roads ACT will make further adjustments to the operation of the traffic lights in order to reduce even further, the likelihood of the queue overflowing.

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