Federales stump up $144 million for the Majura Parkway

johnboy 7 July 2011 50

twitter post

In the new era of tweet based governance Simon Corbell has announced $144 million from the Commonwealth to pay for half of the Majura Parkway.

We’ll post an official announcement should one be made available.

UPDATE: Senator Lundy is leading with a concrete statement:

More than 40 years after the first line appeared on a map, construction of the long awaited Majura Parkway will finally start next year and be completed in 2016.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today said the project had secured the backing of the Gillard Labor Government and would receive $144 million in Federal funding, matching the ACT Government’s contribution dollar-for-dollar.

“Recommended by Infrastructure Australia and set to be built with monies from our Building Australia Fund, the Majura Parkway will make it easier for Canberrans to get around their city as well as well as taking trucks off local streets,” said Mr Albanese.

“Construction of this new road is an investment in Canberra’s future, with Infrastructure Australia putting its long term economic, social and environmental benefits at close to $1 billion.

“Funding for the Majura Parkway builds on the record capital works program we initiated in our very first budget back in 2008. Together with the Gallagher Labor Government, we’re building the modern, well planned transport infrastructure befitting Canberra’s status as our nation’s capital.

“This confirmation of funding for this project is the culmination of a persistent and passionate community campaign led by local MPs including Gai Brodtmann, Andrew Leigh, Mike Kelly and Senator Kate Lundy.”

The Majura Parkway will be an 11.5 kilometre long duplicated road with seven bridges and three interchanges at the intersections with Fairbairn Avenue, Federal Highway and Monaro Highway.


What's Your Opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
50 Responses to Federales stump up $144 million for the Majura Parkway
Filter
Order
Mysteryman Mysteryman 11:47 am 11 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

If all the people who complain about the GDE went back to using the roads they used to use before it was built, congestion on the GDE might not be such a problem any more, and then everyone’s happy!

I get a good look at the hilarious queues on the GDE because I use the other direction every morning and evening. Surely there’s somewhere else these people can go, Canberra doesn’t exactly want for alternative routes.

Using a different route doesn’t change the fact that the road is now something like 3 years overdue and WAY over budget. I think that’s the crux of most of the complaints.

damien haas damien haas 7:19 pm 08 Jul 11

At the recent Gungahlin forum which was broadcast on the local ABC radio (and is online somehwere on the ABC website as two audio files) Tony Gill was asked when the GDE would FINALLY be finished – he said end of 2011.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 5:56 pm 08 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

If all the people who complain about the GDE went back to using the roads they used to use before it was built, congestion on the GDE might not be such a problem any more, and then everyone’s happy!

I get a good look at the hilarious queues on the GDE because I use the other direction every morning and evening. Surely there’s somewhere else these people can go, Canberra doesn’t exactly want for alternative routes.

When GDE was proposed, there was Palmerston. When started, Palmerstone, Nicholls, Ngunnawal and Amaroo. Now, five or more years on, add Crace, Franklin, Casey, Forde, Gungahlin, Harrison…

If you think traffic doesn’t try a different way, sit out the front of Dickson College any morning to see the 500m long rat run queues. Or Ellenborough St at Lyneham for the inner north west rat run.

m_ratt m_ratt 4:55 pm 08 Jul 11

Mysteryman said :

Didn’t they just spend something like 12-18 months redoing the existing road 2 or 3 years back? I agree that the road needs upgrading, but why the hell didn’t they commence the upgrade then? Or better yet, duplicate the existing road? That would have at least caused less delays and possibly been cheaper.

Various bits have been resurfaced (poorly) a couple of times in the last 3 years. My favourite example of the competence of that work was of a brand new surface being laid directly over an existing pot-hole, which required later patching.

alaninoz alaninoz 3:50 pm 08 Jul 11

EvanJames said :

I heard the airport paid the contractors a bonus for doing their bit of the road before the contract deadline?

It’s called an incentive contract. Sure, it may cost more but you get some benefit from having it earlier. The ACT Government doesn’t seem to like them.

dpm said :

They’ve done some good work in there but overall, I can’t imagine using the GDE on my CV if I was a worker there….

Probably not the workers fault – the construction company and/or the ACT Government.

dpm said :

Instead, it’s said ‘completion expected July 2011’ for about a year or so now…. ! They’ve got 3 weeks to meet the ‘expected’ completion date?

EXPECTED completion date. Unless there are penalties in the contract the contractor will complete it when they get around to it. Don’t hold your breath.

dpm dpm 1:59 pm 08 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

If all the people who complain about the GDE went back to using the roads they used to use before it was built, congestion on the GDE might not be such a problem any more, and then everyone’s happy!

I get a good look at the hilarious queues on the GDE because I use the other direction every morning and evening. Surely there’s somewhere else these people can go, Canberra doesn’t exactly want for alternative routes.

I’m actually the same as you. I rides sometimes, but when I drive it i’m going against the traffic, so it isn’t a major concern to me at all!
However, I like the idea of efficiency so when I, and most of the general public, ‘percieve’ works that seem to be slow/sloppy, I like to mention it. I’ve mainly done this because, as i mentioned in an earlier post, i’m hoping someone from the construction company (or TAMS?) will pop on RA and explain the reasons behind some of these seemingly weird work practices we see. For all I know, there are valid reasons for all of it and we just need to be told! I’m 100% happy with that.
If not RA then as this is 2011, and we all love instant news and the Net, there is a GDE website. As us taxpayers paid for the the GDE, you’d think they may engage the community a bit more thru it and actually put timely updates on that site so whingers like me would know what was happening! It wouldn’t take 10 mins a week to write: “200m of gutter laid at X, Y section rolled and Z bit prepared this week. The poor weather caused some delays.” With seemingly lots of disgruntled people around, surely that might help get some good PR happening? Once again, i’d be happy with that. Instead, it’s said ‘completion expected July 2011’ for about a year or so now…. ! They’ve got 3 weeks to meet the ‘expected’ completion date?

EvanJames EvanJames 1:37 pm 08 Jul 11

I heard the airport paid the contractors a bonus for doing their bit of the road before the contract deadline?

Dodgy the airport may be, but so are works commissioned by the ACT Government. I’d rather fast and dodgy than slow and dodgy.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 1:16 pm 08 Jul 11

Oh, the Majura Parkway. Right.

At night, they could close it and use it as a dragway.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 1:11 pm 08 Jul 11

If all the people who complain about the GDE went back to using the roads they used to use before it was built, congestion on the GDE might not be such a problem any more, and then everyone’s happy!

I get a good look at the hilarious queues on the GDE because I use the other direction every morning and evening. Surely there’s somewhere else these people can go, Canberra doesn’t exactly want for alternative routes.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:09 pm 08 Jul 11

EvanJames said :

The ACT government is appalling at running roadwork projects. Remember the roads being fixed around the Airport? The bit the Airport was in charge of doing, the bit right out the front and that high bridge-thing, were completed in no time. The bit the ACT government was in charge of, the Pialligo/Fairbairn section, took years longer. they used a mob called Guideline and the work was sloooow, and didn’t need to be.

I hate to say anything nice about the Snow empire, but if they put them in charge of doing the new Majura Rd, it would be done in record time and on budget.

I believe they ran over budget on their bit of road too, but as the contract was written that way, they just had to suck it up.

Anyway, this would be the same airport who had water pouring into the new terminal when it rained? The airport that has to relay all new pavers around their much-vaunted elevated ramp because they are all crumbling? They go fast on their projects sure – but it isn’t all rosey.

cobberas63 cobberas63 12:43 pm 08 Jul 11

Grrrr said :

Innabanya and Majura Pines are getting the road straight through them, instead of duplication of the existing road. There’s going to be some unhappy Girl Guides (and everyone else they rent the grounds out to) and MTB’ers next year.

AAAAAARRRRGHHHHHHHHH – yet another recreational facility lost to the petrol-guzzler monsters and the lard-arses that drive them. As if losing Sparrow Hill to the Kings Hwy sprawl wasn’t enough. So much to Canberra being the nation’s prime MTBing “mecca” – more like a slum as time and “progress” go on. Next they’ll be charging us all fees for access to the Mt Stromlo trails, as if we haven’t paid enough for them via taxes. Just can’t believe it.

Won’t be long before new MTB trails spring up in the Canberra Nature Park on Ainslie & Majura, I would guess. Works OK for Bruce Ridge. I wonder how much of a fight FOMM and FOMA will put up.

dpm dpm 12:25 pm 08 Jul 11

Bluey said :

The Frots said :

Deckard said :

LlamaFrog said :

Is there any reason that the GDE hasn’t been finished? nothing ever seems to be happening.

I think one of the guys working on it has been sick so the other two are having to pick up the slack.

LOL – and probably true sadly!

If i wasnt laughing now I’d be crying. Sick to death of crawling along there every day and seeing 4 blokes working on a 4×4 metre section of drainage or something while the road surface looks untouched.

In another example of this, they recently had to pour 3 small concrete sections (each about 1 metre long) at the Glenloch section to join where different concrete road divider types met (they seem to have used two different types of divider).
So, did they do the formwork for all 3 at the same time and pour them from one cement truck, which would have taken about 5 days to construct, pour and remove?
Nope. They made the formwork for one (about $200 of formwork wood) and poured it, then reused that formwork for the next, then reused it again for the last section – in a process that took about 3 weeks to complete. All to apparently save about $400 of formwork wood that they probably had lying around elsewhere anyway! Amazing.
Look, I really feel for them out in this weather, but surely with it being so cold and bitter they’d want to get it done ASAP?
They’ve done some good work in there but overall, I can’t imagine using the GDE on my CV if I was a worker there….

EvanJames EvanJames 12:01 pm 08 Jul 11

The ACT government is appalling at running roadwork projects. Remember the roads being fixed around the Airport? The bit the Airport was in charge of doing, the bit right out the front and that high bridge-thing, were completed in no time. The bit the ACT government was in charge of, the Pialligo/Fairbairn section, took years longer. they used a mob called Guideline and the work was sloooow, and didn’t need to be.

I hate to say anything nice about the Snow empire, but if they put them in charge of doing the new Majura Rd, it would be done in record time and on budget.

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 11:31 am 08 Jul 11

switch said :

yellowsnow said :

Wonder how close to the mark I’ll be?

Frighteningly.

Can I borrow your Crystal ball? Yours seems to be working.

switch switch 10:26 am 08 Jul 11

yellowsnow said :

Wonder how close to the mark I’ll be?

Frighteningly.

yellowsnow yellowsnow 10:00 am 08 Jul 11

I predict that three months after parkway contruction begins they’ll uncover a huge asbestos dump and the project will be halted.

They’ll be huge uproar when it is found that the asbestos from Molonglo was being trucked and deposited by unscrupulous contractors at Majura Pines. The Chief Minister will say ‘But no one told me anything! No one told me where the Molonglo absestos was going!’ and, as usual, no one will lose their job.

The asbestos will be shipped out and deposited at another future housing development area. The Majura Parkway budget will blow out by x3, Federal Govt will create an economy wide asbestos tax to compensate everyone and cover budget over-runs, and the Majura Parkway will finally be completed in 2025, only for it to be discovered that the road designers didn’t put in enough lanes to handle the traffic. And so as soon as it was finished the road was dug up again to add more lanes. To cover costs, the ACT local government (it had been demoted to local government status in 2024 after Chief Minister Barr ‘accidentally’ closed down all the primary schools in the territory to fill a budget black hole so as to be able to fund more statues and an even bigger uber-arboretum) sold off the land in Majura Vally for housing development. Traffic increased yet more … more lanes needed … etc etc etc

Wonder how close to the mark I’ll be?

Bluey Bluey 9:49 am 08 Jul 11

The Frots said :

Deckard said :

LlamaFrog said :

Is there any reason that the GDE hasn’t been finished? nothing ever seems to be happening.

I think one of the guys working on it has been sick so the other two are having to pick up the slack.

LOL – and probably true sadly!

If i wasnt laughing now I’d be crying. Sick to death of crawling along there every day and seeing 4 blokes working on a 4×4 metre section of drainage or something while the road surface looks untouched.

The Frots The Frots 8:55 am 08 Jul 11

Deckard said :

LlamaFrog said :

Is there any reason that the GDE hasn’t been finished? nothing ever seems to be happening.

I think one of the guys working on it has been sick so the other two are having to pick up the slack.

LOL – and probably true sadly!

Thumper Thumper 8:41 am 08 Jul 11

Does anyone really think the ACT government can bring this in on budget and on time.

Exhibit A, your Honour, the GDE.
Exhibit B, your honour, the AMC
Exhibit C, your Honour, the Cotter dam expansion.

Does your honour wish to continue?

Seriously though, good to see the feds come to the party and about time this was done.

Deckard Deckard 10:36 pm 07 Jul 11

LlamaFrog said :

Is there any reason that the GDE hasn’t been finished? nothing ever seems to be happening.

I think one of the guys working on it has been sick so the other two are having to pick up the slack.

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top

Search across the site