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Federales stump up $144 million for the Majura Parkway

By johnboy 7 July 2011 50

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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