The ACT Government will spend $3.5 million over two years to duplicate the section of Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris announced today.
The funds would be allocated as part of next month’s 2016-2017 ACT Budget.
Ms Fitzharris said the government had already invested $24.6 million for an upgrade of Ashley Drive between Erindale Drive and Ellerston Avenue, and that work there was well underway.
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“Construction is progressing well on the noise wall along the eastern side of the corridor between Statton Street and Isabella Drive as well as the pedestrian bridge over Monks Creek which will provide a connection between Richardson and Isabella Plains,” she said.
The additional stage announced today would upgrade 550m of Ashley Drive between Ellerston Avenue and Johnson Drive to a dual carriageway.
“Ashley Drive is a key access road for the Tuggeranong region which is currently used by around 22,000 vehicles each day. Heavy traffic congestion is currently experienced on the road in the morning and evening peak periods and these duplication works will be welcomed by local residents,” the Minister said.
“This funding commitment follows an extensive community consultation on the preliminary designs for the duplication of Ashley Drive in late-2014.”
Ms Fitzharris said the works would include intersection upgrades where Ashley Drive meets Ellerston Avenue and Johnson Drive.
“The upgrade will also cater to active travel, with north and southbound on-road cycle lanes and additional footpaths to link with existing off-road paths,” she said.
She said the upgrade would significantly increase traffic capacity on the section of road and improve access for Theodore, Calwell and Lanyon residents connecting to the northern areas of the Tuggeranong Valley and Woden Valley through to the city centre.