Drivers on the Cotter Road will face a traffic switch and diversions in mid-August as the $28.9 million duplication project moves into its concluding phases.
Acting Director of Capital Works at Transport Canberra Jeremy Smith said the project was on track to be completed by February despite some delays putting it a few months behind schedule.
He said there had been delays in the supply of concrete beams for the new bridge being built across Yarralumla Creek, and in relocating ActewAGL and Icon services along the route.
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“We’ll finish off the eastbound carriageway, then there will be a traffic switch in mid-August so we can start using it,” Mr Smith said.
Attention will turn to rehabilitation work on the current westbound carriageway, particularly relating to the existing bridge, construction of noise mitigation walls adjacent to the Curtin residential area and the Canberra Equestrian Park, and the completion of a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Assuming we get all this work done and there are no weather impacts there should be no more major challenges that we envisage with the project,” Mr Smith said.
Transport Canberra says Cotter Road carries more than 20,000 vehicles a day as a major thoroughfare for traffic travelling from Canberra’s inner south suburbs, Weston Creek and the new developments in Molonglo Valley through to the city.
This number will increase as residents move in to the new Molonglo suburbs.
Transport Canberra says the new dual carriageway will allow traffic to flow more smoothly and help lower congestion while also providing safer access into and out of Canberra Equestrian Park.
The completed east and westbound carriageways will have a 2.5-metre on-road cycle lane, while the three-metre-wide shared path on the south side of Cotter Road will connect the existing paths along Yarralumla Creek to Kirkpatrick Street, with connections to Curtin.
The project will complete the duplication of Cotter Road between Adelaide Avenue and John Gorton Drive, which will eventually connect to William Hovell Drive as a major north-south arterial road.