Monaro Highway duplication kicks off

johnboy 8 December 2010 25

The Chiefly Stanhope has decreed the opening of tenders for the duplication of the Monaro Highway.

Construction companies interested in completing the upgrade of the Monaro Highway in Fyshwick have until 27 January to submit their best bid under the tender process being managed by the ACT Government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the project will involve duplicating the 1.5 kilometre section of Highway between Newcastle Street and Canberra Avenue as well as constructing new bridges over Canberra Avenue and across the existing rail line.

“As well as delivering safer driving conditions, the new duplicated section will ease traffic congestion through Fyshwick for the 40,000 motorists that use this road every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“Indeed this section of the Monaro Highway is the last to be converted from single to dual carriageway.”

This $20 million road project is being jointly funded, with the Gillard Labor Government contributing $18.5 million and the remainder coming from the Stanhope Labor Government.


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JC JC 10:34 pm 09 Dec 10

I know there’s all sorts of difference between here and SE Asia. Even so, I drive through those areas almost every day, and there never seems to be more than a few blokes standing around on each site and progress seems non-existent. Is it not possible to get qualified people to work on these gigs? Am I mistaken? Does anybody know what the deal is here?

The longer it takes the more it costs, which in turn equals more profit for company doing the work and more money in the economy though the pay given to those ‘working’ on said projects.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:29 pm 09 Dec 10

I reckon that it, like all current roadworks in the ACT as far as I can tell, will have one solitary dude working on it for a total of about 2 hours every day, resulting in a completion date sometime around 2043. Any bets on when the GDE will be completed?

A bloke’s gotta have smoko, what’s your problem?

I took a cab to the airport a few months ago, and the driver was of Asian descent. We drove past the deserted GDE “roadworks”, then the deserted King Avenue overpass “roadworks”. As we crept through the morass of the deserted Piallogo area “roadworks”, he said something to the effect of “You people are f*cking crazy. Back home, we’d have a thousand men working on each of those jobs, and they would all have taken about 3 months each to complete.”.

I know there’s all sorts of difference between here and SE Asia. Even so, I drive through those areas almost every day, and there never seems to be more than a few blokes standing around on each site and progress seems non-existent. Is it not possible to get qualified people to work on these gigs? Am I mistaken? Does anybody know what the deal is here?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:46 pm 09 Dec 10

I reckon that it, like all current roadworks in the ACT as far as I can tell, will have one solitary dude working on it for a total of about 2 hours every day, resulting in a completion date sometime around 2043. Any bets on when the GDE will be completed?

A bloke’s gotta have smoko, what’s your problem?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 3:55 pm 09 Dec 10

I reckon that it, like all current roadworks in the ACT as far as I can tell, will have one solitary dude working on it for a total of about 2 hours every day, resulting in a completion date sometime around 2043. Any bets on when the GDE will be completed?

Me no fry Me no fry 10:34 am 09 Dec 10

KB1971 said :

Deref said :

How about the Barton?

It is duplicated?????

Well to the border anyway, you need to talk to Christina about that one…….

Don’t waste your time. Wait a few months and you can talk to Fatty O’Barrell.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 10:04 am 09 Dec 10

Aenveigh said :

I love that they call it an “upgrade”. It’s more accurately described in the RA title as a duplication, or otherwise a widening.

You seem to have a different definition of upgrade to the rest of us.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:59 am 09 Dec 10

Felix the Cat said :

Please tell me Abergeldie haven’t been awarded the contract….

It wasn’t just Abergeldie, Sellick Consultants, International Formwork & Scaffolding also had people who gave signoff on the GDE Formwork.

KB1971 KB1971 8:58 am 09 Dec 10

Deref said :

How about the Barton?

It is duplicated?????

Well to the border anyway, you need to talk to Christina about that one…….

Deref Deref 7:20 am 09 Dec 10

How about the Barton?

deye deye 11:51 pm 08 Dec 10

Crap, I drive under this every day, hopefully the traffic delays are not too bad!

Given that for the most part they left enough space to build the extra lanes I don’t see why it would add any traffic delays to the existing road. Although having said that they will probably lower the speed limit as a matter of course as soon as any barriers are put up between the road and the new lanes.

JC JC 11:42 pm 08 Dec 10

Aenveigh said :

I love that they call it an “upgrade”. It’s more accurately described in the RA title as a duplication, or otherwise a widening.
And while the duplication will initially ease traffic congestion… what’s going to happen when the new space fills up, too?

Sounds like you have never been there. It is a single lane section in between two reasonably flowing sections of road, so its not like it going to fill up. Also should be pretty easy to build without too much disruption as they were smart enough to do most of the prep work for the 2nd set of bridges when they built it, well with the railway bridge anyway.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:32 pm 08 Dec 10

Crap, I drive under this every day, hopefully the traffic delays are not too bad!

deye deye 11:14 pm 08 Dec 10

about f-ing time. Now if they can just see their way to making the finished road 100 or 110 kph we might be making progress.

benno1 benno1 9:39 pm 08 Dec 10

About bloody time!!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 7:57 pm 08 Dec 10

Hope it happens quicker than GDE. Its going backwards at the moment….

Aenveigh Aenveigh 7:56 pm 08 Dec 10

I love that they call it an “upgrade”. It’s more accurately described in the RA title as a duplication, or otherwise a widening.
And while the duplication will initially ease traffic congestion… what’s going to happen when the new space fills up, too?

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 7:55 pm 08 Dec 10

Please tell me Abergeldie haven’t been awarded the contract….

Primal Primal 7:29 pm 08 Dec 10

This is a Good Thing(TM)… but I wonder how much lane closing and detouring will be needed during construction?

JC JC 7:07 pm 08 Dec 10

About time. I never understood why this bit was built the way it was.

Jclarke Jclarke 7:04 pm 08 Dec 10

About damn time.

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