Monaro Highway upgrades to make road safer

Ian Bushnell 28 March 2019 10

Roads Minister Chris Steel and MLA for Brindabella Mick Gentleman announced the new work on the Monaro Highway on Wednesday. Photo: Supplied.

A range of work to make the Monaro Highway safer at key intersections and improve traffic flow will get under way soon as part of a $200 million joint Commonwealth-Territory funding package.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and ACT Minister for Roads Chris Steel announced on Wednesday that a tender being released this week for feasibility and preliminary design would investigate intersection upgrades from Johnson Drive in the south through to the access road to the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

This will include the intersections with Lanyon Drive and Isabella Drive and intersections with Mugga Lane, Tralee Street and Sheppard Street into Hume.

Further south, detailed design work will also start in coming weeks for an overtaking lane and median barrier treatments between Royalla Drive and Williamsdale Road, focusing on the best options for a northbound overtaking lane about one kilometre in length as well as various treatments that could be used to further separate north and southbound traffic.

It is anticipated that construction on the overtaking lane and median improvements between Royalla Drive and Williamsdale Road will commence in the 2019-20 financial year.

Mr Steel said the Monaro Highway was an important recreational and freight route between the ACT and NSW and these upgrades would significantly improve safety on the stretch of the Monaro south of Canberra and decrease travel times during the busy ski season.

“The aim of the Monaro Highway upgrades will be to safely achieve a consistent speed limit of 100km per hour from Johnson Drive to Hindmarsh Drive, to keep Canberrans moving,” he said.

“The designs will look at providing a faster and safer commute for motorists on the Monaro by removing traffic lights, roundabouts and other intersections and replacing them with grade separated interchanges.”

Senator Seselja, said he was delighted to see the upgrades moving forward, after campaigning for funding to fix congestion and safety issues on the Monaro since 2016.

“In 2016, I committed $1 million to a scoping study into easing congestion for Canberrans on the Monaro and was thrilled to be able to deliver $100 million last year to carry out the recommendations of the study, a commitment I’m pleased has been matched by the ACT Government,” Senator Seselja said.

“The Commonwealth investment in the Monaro Highway Upgrade Package delivers important infrastructure funding to ensure Canberrans, and many residents over the border in NSW, are able to effectively commute to and from the south of the ACT.”

In addition to the Monaro Highway works, preliminary designs will also be prepared in coming weeks for the duplication of Pialligo Avenue between the Canberra Airport and NSW border including improvements to the intersection with Beltana Road.

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10 Responses to Monaro Highway upgrades to make road safer
Brett Back-Crane Brett Back-Crane 9:25 pm 28 Mar 19

I hope they can put a roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Hwy & Hercules St.

Stephan Laub Stephan Laub 8:55 pm 28 Mar 19

Will they fix the roundabout at Isabella drive so you can see what’s coming when you’re heading north against pm peak traffic?

Mark Craswell Mark Craswell 10:35 am 28 Mar 19

Also fail to mention its Zed's route to his office

Joanne Morrison Joanne Morrison 9:55 am 28 Mar 19

What about a slip lane for the Old Cooma Road intersection?

David Malcolm David Malcolm 9:42 am 28 Mar 19

How about improving it properly so it's 100 all the way from Johnson Drive to the Federal Highway.

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 9:44 am 28 Mar 19

    That's exactly what they're doing (except for the 90 zone through Fyshwick)

    David Malcolm David Malcolm 1:01 pm 28 Mar 19

    Tim Cole exactly my point. Why have the 90 zone at all?????

Shayne Borger Shayne Borger 9:26 am 28 Mar 19

When upgrading highways like Monaro, Kings and Barton, the upgrades should duplicate. Build for the long term future requirements

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 9:46 am 28 Mar 19

    Um, the section mentioned in this announcement is already duplicated. The funding is for a progressive construction of grade separations between Johnson Drive and the Alexander Machonochie Centre

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