4 June 2019

ACT Budget 2019: Boost for roads to cut travel times

| Ian Bushnell
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Cotter Roadworks

The Budget includes funding for the duplication of major roads in Canberra. File photo.

Canberra drivers will benefit from some major roadworks funded in the ACT Budget that should cut their travel times.

There are three major roads to be duplicated – Athllon Drive, William Hovell Drive and the major arterial road between Belconnen and Gungahlin.

The budget will fund the continued planning to complete the conversion of Athllon Drive to four lanes from Hindmarsh to Drakeford Drive.

In partnership with the Commonwealth, the Government will start the second tranche of work to replace bottleneck intersections along the Monaro Highway, working towards a consistent and safe 100km/h highway. This includes the design and construction of significant intersection improvements along this corridor between Pialligo Avenue in the north and new overtaking lanes at the ACT border in the south.

A range of intersections across Canberra will have new traffic lights.

In Belconnen, Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street and Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive will be signalised.

In the south, Kent Street and Novar Street intersections will have lights to improve traffic flow for commuters travelling from Weston Creek to the City as well as residents and businesses in Yarralumla and Deakin.

There will also be improved pedestrian and bike paths through this intersection.

In growing Woden, the Launceston Street and Irving Street intersection will also get lights and there will be safety improvements to the Furzer Street and Launceston Street intersection.

Additional safety upgrades at Sulwood Drive will support the new carpark at Mount Taylor, including road widening and a turning bay.

A scoping study will determine how to make the Hume Circle roundabout at Wentworth Avenue and Canberra Avenue safer.

The Government will adopt a preventative resealing model, with at least five per cent of the Territory’s road network to be resealed every year.

It will also build a new park-and-ride facility on Well Station Drive in Gungahlin to support the large numbers of people using light rail in Canberra’s north since it launched in April this year.


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ChrisinTurner6:57 pm 05 Jun 19

Move people not cars!

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