Gundaroo Drive duplication complete removes one more bottleneck

Dominic Giannini 1 July 2020 10
The Gundaroo Drive duplication

The Gundaroo Drive duplication has been completed two years after it started construction. Photo: Supplied.

The 2.5-kilometre duplication of Gundaroo Drive between Gungahlin Drive and the Barton Highway is complete, two years after it started construction.

The $30 million project also includes new off-road paths for cyclists and pedestrians, LED street lights, new bus shelters and sound barriers to reduce traffic noise for nearby residents.

While the speed limit will eventually be increased to 80 km/h, the road work limit will remain in place while landscaping is undertaken over the coming weeks. Around 450 trees and 50,000 shrubs are being planted along the recently duplicated road.

Roads Minister Chris Steel said the duplication will lead to a better and safer road network in the ACT.

“This was a bottleneck prior to the duplication and so the combination of both the upgrades we have made to the Barton Highway roundabout with traffic signals and the duplication will save people minutes off their trips to the city and through to Belconnen,” Minister Steel said.

“We have also put in extra bus stops as well for the black rapid route, which provides that strategic transport connection, rapid services running every 15 minutes or less through to Belconnen.

“It will provide a quieter, smoother and fast connection through to Belconnen and the city.”

Duplication on the road connecting Belconnen and Gungahlin between the Barton Highway and Ginninderra Drive will begin work in the coming months. A tender for the project will be released in July.

“We are expecting some delays with the construction of the Williams Slim Drive duplication,” Minister Steel said. “That will start construction in Spring.”

Four lanes were opened between Nudurr Drive and the Barton Highway in June 2019.

For more information, visit City Services.

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10 Responses to Gundaroo Drive duplication complete removes one more bottleneck
Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 6:29 pm 26 Jun 20

Remember when Rattenbury thought he could discourage Gungahlinites from commuting by car? ?

Alex Thomson Alex Thomson 12:15 pm 26 Jun 20

When do we get the off road cycle paths?

John Hutch John Hutch 7:56 am 26 Jun 20

The failure to have built the roads wide enough and necessary infrastructure in the beginning resulted in years of traffic congestion and inconvenience across the Gungahlin district suburbs.

Matthew Windebank Matthew Windebank 7:34 am 26 Jun 20

Borderline criminal that it took so long.....

Stephen Esdaile Stephen Esdaile 10:30 pm 25 Jun 20

So when does it go back to 80kph?

    Kathryn Ingram Kathryn Ingram 10:39 pm 25 Jun 20

    It says it will go up to 80 in the coming weeks, due to planting.

    Could be August. This year or next, who knows

    Shan Weereratne Shan Weereratne 11:02 pm 25 Jun 20

    Stephen Esdaile, judging by the time they took to build a 2.5km strech, my guess is possibly in 3 years time 😄

    Bronwyn Gee Bronwyn Gee 9:57 am 26 Jun 20

    Stephen Esdaile when the workers have completed the landscaping etc

    Stephen Esdaile Stephen Esdaile 10:12 am 26 Jun 20

    It took longer for the ACT gov to duplicate a short stretch of road than for GeoCon to build two 20+ story apartment blocks from bare ground, to fully occupied.

    I can only assume the ACT gov didn't put in deadlines with penalty clauses and went on a time and materials contract rather than a performance based contract....

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