The hawk-like Alistair Coe has plunged upon a tweet by Simon Corbell boasting that the mid October finish date for the Gungahlin Drive Extension will be two and a half months ahead of schedule.
“It’s startling, given that ACT Labor promised to build the road for $53 million in 2001, to be completed by 2004,” Mr Coe said.
“This is a clear attempt from ACT Labor to rewrite history and lessen the negativity surrounding this iconic failure.
“Simon Corbells promise comes from the same government which opened a two lane road in 2008, despite being advised to initially build four lanes.
“This is the same government which also declared that duplication was ‘not on the books at all and any such plan would be five to ten years away’ (Canberra Times, 12/3/2008).
“In the lead-up to the 2008 election, ACT Labor announced it would finally duplicate the road at an extra cost of $86.6 million, in response to an election promise from the Canberra Liberals to duplicate it.
“The total time since ACT Labor’s first announcement of the road is 10 years and counting. The project is $150 million over the original budget and seven years late.