21 January 2024

Contract awarded for Lanyon interchange flyover with highway upgrade set to step up a gear

| Ian Bushnell
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An artist's impression of a highway interchange flyover

An artist’s impression of the Lanyon Drive interchange flyover. Work is expected to start this year. Image: Archa Projects.

A new flyover at the Lanyon Drive interchange on the Monaro Highway is a step closer with the awarding of a $70 million contract.

Both the Federal and ACT Governments are funding the Monaro Highway Upgrade Project, designed to make the key arterial road safer, improve travel times and support freight movements.

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In a joint statement, they said the contract included a new southbound flyover over Lanyon Drive, including three-metre-wide sealed shoulders, and upgrading of the highway road pavement from David Warren Road through to Sheppard Street.

A new widened bridge on the northbound carriageway over Dog Trap Creek just north of Lanyon Drive will also be constructed.

Another major package of works for the interchange is planned for 2024, subject to approvals.

This will include the removal of traffic lights at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and extension of David Warren Road to Lanyon Drive, with a new roundabout and signalised intersection connecting with a new Monaro Highway off-ramp and Sheppard Street.

The statement said the Lanyon Drive interchange was being designed to minimise the impact on existing native vegetation in the area.

“The landscaping plans will be finalised during the detailed design phase and focus on local and native species, prioritising tree planting, water-sensitive urban design and biodiversity conservation,” it said.

Detailed design will now be finalised, with major construction works expected to start in 2024 and take about three years to complete. Motorists can expect delays when these works start.

Previous works completed on the Monaro Highway Upgrade include safety improvements and new overtaking lanes on the rural section of the Monaro Highway between Old Cooma Road and Williamsdale Road in the ACT.

Extensive utility works, which started in January 2022, have also been completed near Lanyon Drive in preparation for the flyover, including relocation and protection of major water mains and telecommunication networks.

The relocation of two gas mains, which is necessary before main construction works get underway on the new Lanyon interchange, is expected to be completed in the coming months.

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said these types of projects supported the ACT’s growing population, improved safety and the efficient movement of people and freight.

“The Lanyon Drive flyover is part of a program of works to improve safety on the Monaro Highway by removing dangerous at-grade intersections and separating traffic turning across the highway, in and out of the Hume industrial precinct and NSW,” he said.

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Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said the project would provide a major economic stimulus to the Canberra and Monaro region, including an estimated 700 jobs to be created during the detailed design and construction phases.

“Projects like this are important to not only keep local people employed and businesses running, but also to provide the region’s community with better infrastructure and safer roads into the future,” she said.

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Completely agree with you.
It was announced late last year that tenders are going out for the Athllon Drive duplication.
I bought in Wanniassa in 2013 and the signs went up saying they were going to do it, back then.
10 years to get to tender stage is poor.
This government needs opposition.

This is achieving nothing. The flyover should be from Tompsit drive. Northbound, nothing changes. South bound, the bottle neck moves further south, or really just gets bigger. The entry and exit of traffic from this intersection in mornings and afternoons is ridiculous. Proper dedicated turning lands would fix so much. This needs to be done on all intersections coming onto the Monaro and it should be three lanes all the way to Fyshwick then again to Fraser bridge… the other bottle neck.
It had three lanes when being constructed, what can’t this happen now?

Not The Mama5:19 pm 22 Jan 24

Was this the 70 million that had been diverted to Stage 2 of the light rail? What changed planner’s minds, and why so much hurry to start in 2024 I wonder… Aaah cynical me.

But since the Government is feeling generous can I also point out that the intersection of Johnson Drive and the Monaro Highway is a ripe old mess? As are Drakeford Dr at Isabella/Athlon, and Drakeford at Johnson/WoodCock. Also try negotiating the Asley Dr/Isabella Dr roundabout from 4 pm -6 pm… I dare you! These have been “hot spots” for decades.

@Not The Mama
“What changed planner’s minds …”
A credible business case?

Amusing to chuck some aspersions, but mundanely, the $70m couldn’t be spent until the utility services works were finished. So quite logical to divert it to something ready to go.

Business case, we need to win the election and it doesn’t matter how much it costs.

Richard Bennett3:12 pm 22 Jan 24

Great story ..but who got the contract …my eyes are drceiving me but could not see who did

Richard Bennett

Woden Contractors I think!

There was a contract started 20 Sept 2023 (4 months prior)
Woden Contractors Pty Ltd

Agreed – he leaves and things start to happen

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