6 November 2017

Another stage down in Horsepark Drive duplication's long drive to completion

| Ian Bushnell
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Paving the road: tenders for the next stage of the duplication project between Highway and Gundaroo Drive opens.

Gungahlin residents will have to wait until mid-2019 before there will be dual lanes on Horse Park Drive from the Federal Highway to Mulligans Flat Road as part of the ongoing duplication project between the Highway and Gundaroo Drive, according to the latest update from Transport and City Services.

Construction was completed last week on the duplication of Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin between Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Gundaroo Drive, while tenders opened for the next stage of works between the Federal Highway and Well Station Drive.

The contract and works are expected to commence in early 2018 and be completed by mid-2019 when residents will be able to experience dual lanes on Horse Park Drive for over 7.5 kilometres from the Federal Highway to Mulligans Flat Road.

A two-metre on-road cycle lane and a three-metre-wide shared path will also be built.

Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the works finished on Horse Park Drive this week marked the completion of the road’s duplication between Well Station Drive and Gundaroo Drive.

“Earthworks, stormwater and service relocations between Gundaroo Drive and Mulligans Flat Road are progressing well and work on the construction of a new bridge near Forde Pond is underway. These works are expected to be completed in late 2018,” she said.

“Tenders are also now open to deliver the duplication between the Federal Highway and Well Station Drive, with the contract and works expected to commence in early 2018.”

Ms Fitzharris said other road upgrade projects currently underway in Gungahlin included the duplication of Gundaroo Drive where stormwater installation and earthworks were ongoing and kerbs had been installed between Nari Street and Mirrabei Drive.

“Streetlight installation has commenced and major works are underway at the intersection of Gungahlin Drive and Gundaroo Drive,” she said.

Has this particular construction caused a lot of issues on the road for you? Share your experiences with us by commenting below.

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Matyas_SA said :

Why wasn’t the section immediately west of the Federal Highway duplicated first before all the new developments commenced?

I wish I was a fly on the wall when new suburbs were planned way back. What fool thought that single lane roads were adequate to cope with future growth. Like my name, did anyone think to Futureproof these estates? This seems to be a common occurrence across the ACT. North or South. And don’t get me started on the GDE 101 guide to planning road construction for the future

Has it caused issues? Try getting from Shoalhaven Avenue/Mirrabei Drive intersection to the Gundaroo Drive/GDE intersection (2.2 km) in under 15 minutes in the morning…not a chance!! As for Horse Park Drive, most weekday mornings it is all Park and no Drive. Why wasn’t the section immediately west of the Federal Highway duplicated first before all the new developments commenced? Thankfully, nearly everyone stuck in the jam is patient and polite, but I imagine they too are utterly fed up.

Only issue these roadworks have caused me are the number of dipsticks who don’t know how to drive in a roadworks zone.

I agree somewhat with many that the limits at times are too low (yes understand why) but just because you tailgate me doesn’t mean I will be going faster than signed. And merging normally a bad thing but for some reason the merge that was on the section that just opened west bound was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. In its final days saw too cars going side by side to the point the car in the right who was in front ended up taking out a witches hat as they ran out of road.

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