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It’s official: Cotter Road duplication is complete

Ian Bushnell 15 May 2018 17

The Cotter Road duplication has been declared officially completed, with minor works being finalised last week.

The 1.7 kilometre section from west of the Tuggeranong Parkway to east of Yarralumla Creek was opened to road users in April, but last week’s works completed the duplication of Cotter Road between Dudley Street, Yarralumla and John Gorton Drive, Weston Creek.

Labor MLA for Murrumbidgee Bec Cody, representing the Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris, announced the completion of the duplication yesterday (Monday 14 May) and spoke of the progress on a number of important transport infrastructure projects throughout Canberra.

“We are seeing substantial growth in all areas across Canberra and our transport infrastructure projects reflect this, taking place on major arterial routes that connect residents across the Territory,” Ms Cody said.

“Late last year we announced the completion of the Aikman Drive duplication, construction of the final stage of the duplication of Horse Park Drive has recently begun, the final layers of asphalt are being laid on Ashley Drive and now the completion of stage two of the duplication of Cotter Road.”

Key features of the duplication include:

  • duplication of approximately 1.7 kilometres of Cotter Road from west of the Tuggeranong Parkway to east of Yarralumla Creek providing two-lane dual carriageways and on-road cycle paths;
  • construction of a new eastbound carriageway, including the new bridge over Yarralumla Creek;
  • renewal of the existing pavement and the existing bridge to form the new westbound carriageway;
  • construction of a new off-road shared path on the south side of Cotter Road, between the Yarralumla Creek path network and the Streeton Drive intersection;
  • upgrade of the Cotter Road bridge over the Tuggeranong Parkway to provide shared path access and bridge safety upgrades; and
  • construction of a 600 metre stone-faced noise wall.

Ms Cody said the Cotter Road carried more than 22,000 vehicles daily, connecting the Molonglo Valley and Weston Creek to the rest of Canberra.

“Current development in the Molonglo Valley necessitated the upgrading of this important link in the road network, which will significantly increase traffic capacity and safety for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians,” she said.

“I would like to thank Canberrans for their patience whilst we continue works to improve the capacity of our road network and the daily commutes we all experience,” Ms Cody said.


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17 Responses to It’s official: Cotter Road duplication is complete
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Justin Watson Justin Watson 11:00 pm 15 May 18

Wasn't it finished months ago, but they left the 60 signs up, to book a few drivers. I saw police on the road twice booking speeding drivers, but lets be honest, the road was complete and suitable for the 80 limit.

Rob Sanders Rob Sanders 11:12 am 15 May 18

Supposed to be finished in February, actual completion in May. I suppose that's "close". Be nice not to see those 60 signs which seem to pop back up on a completed works. Bec Cody? Who is she again?

    Meils Herbvine Meils Herbvine 2:39 pm 15 May 18

    The 60 signs are up again this arvo on the inbound road between Weston and Parkway. *sigh*

John Cottis John Cottis 9:58 am 15 May 18

No it isn’t, there’s still only a single lane joining the Cotter with Adelaide Avenue. All they’ve achieved has is two lanes of traffic jamming up against the same bottle neck. Did the same with the Monaro/Dairy Flat/Majura Parkway work where there are the same number of lanes joining and leaving the route as before - therefore changed nothing. Until they increase the number of lanes leaving they’re only directing more traffic into the same bottlenecks.

    John Williams John Williams 10:28 am 15 May 18

    But they will get to the bottleneck quicker 🤔🤔

    John Cottis John Cottis 10:35 am 15 May 18

    John Williams , true. Credit where credit is due 😂

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 11:25 am 15 May 18

    So what’s your solution? 4 lanes along Adelaide Ave then 5 along commonwealth Ave?

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 11:51 am 15 May 18

    Light rail will fix all!

    John Cottis John Cottis 11:51 am 15 May 18

    It’s about how many lanes join & leave a route. Oddly, less lanes can actually flow faster than multiple lanes that merge - you will have noticed that in Canberra where two lanes meet the speed halves too... Hence you’re doing 40 in 80 zones. It actually slows because of the extra lanes!

    In the case of the Cotter Road, it would only improve if there were two lanes joining Adelaide Ave. Same for the turn off Dairy Flat to Parkes Way. Then you have to address the fact that Commonwealth is disrupted by secondary routes crossing it with lights, thank the ACT Government for cutting off pedestrian access under the bridge due to their park construction & redirecting them across Commonwealth Ave, and then having no where for traffic to go once in Civic.

    Ashley Latimer Ashley Latimer 12:16 pm 15 May 18

    There's far less congestion at the other entry points o to cotter road though, 1 bottle neck is better than 3

    Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 9:24 pm 19 May 18

    Yes but its better going toward the Cotter... And there is room on the median for tram lines.

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