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Sods turned on the Majura Parkway

By johnboy 5 February 2013 33

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Chief Minister Gallagher has let it be known the Majura Parkway construction is underway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese today joined ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher to turn the sod on this critical road infrastructure project which will provide a continuous freeway link between the Federal Highway and Monaro Highway.

“Assessed and recommended by Infrastructure Australia, this new road is expected to generate long term economic, social and environmental benefits worth almost $1 billion,” Mr Albanese said.

“All up, Federal Labor has almost doubled annual infrastructure spending from $72 to $114 per resident in the nation’s capital. Indeed, the start of construction on the Parkway builds on the $18.5 million duplication for the Monaro Highway we opened last September.

“The start of construction on this nationally significant project will create 350 jobs and is the culmination of a persistent and passionate community campaign led by local MPs including Gai Brodtmann, Andrew Leigh, Mike Kelly and Senator Kate Lundy.

ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, also welcomed the progression of this significant infrastructure project for the Territory.

“The completed Majura Parkway will play a significant role in improving the main national and regional freight route,” the Chief Minister said.

“Surrounded by NSW, the ACT depends on the national freight network to access the goods that keep the ACT’s economy strong. It is anticipated that the amount of freight that will be carried on our roads will double over the next 10 to 15 years. The Majura Parkway alone is forecast to carry around 40,000 vehicles a day, including up to 6,000 trucks, by 2030.

“The ACT will also benefit from additional capacity on its road network. The Majura Parkway will help relieve traffic congestion on residential streets in the inner north and improve access for both local and interstate traffic to industrial areas like Fyshwick and to the Canberra Airport precinct.”

The project involves:

— 11.5km of new dual carriageway highway

— 11 bridges and 3 grate separated interchanges

— Dedicated on-road cycle lanes

[Photo courtesy @ALeighMP]

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dungfungus 12:33 pm 08 May 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Sandman said :

How can Hewatt be having financial issues with the number of cushy contracts they have around here? They must be undercutting the hell out of their quotes and rates, or did they just spend too much on fancy machinery? There are a lot of flashy twin cab utes with Hewatt signage going around, none of them fitted with digging equipment. Too many Managers?

Poor management and control is usually what does it.

Those maxims apply to governments as well.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:43 am 08 May 14

Sandman said :

How can Hewatt be having financial issues with the number of cushy contracts they have around here? They must be undercutting the hell out of their quotes and rates, or did they just spend too much on fancy machinery? There are a lot of flashy twin cab utes with Hewatt signage going around, none of them fitted with digging equipment. Too many Managers?

Poor management and control is usually what does it.

Sandman 8:03 pm 07 May 14

How can Hewatt be having financial issues with the number of cushy contracts they have around here? They must be undercutting the hell out of their quotes and rates, or did they just spend too much on fancy machinery? There are a lot of flashy twin cab utes with Hewatt signage going around, none of them fitted with digging equipment. Too many Managers?

davo101 7:48 pm 07 May 14

bundah said :

Well what do you know we’ve got a hiccup. Let’s hope they sort this mess out…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/majura-parkway-grinds-to-a-halt-20140507-zr62u.html

Yeah….classic journalist hype. Headline “Majura Parkway grinds to a halt” then two-thirds of the way down the page “about 95 per cent of the work the Hewatt was subcontrated to undertake has been completed”. So, nothing to see here move along now.

bundah 2:34 pm 07 May 14

Well what do you know we’ve got a hiccup. Let’s hope they sort this mess out…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/majura-parkway-grinds-to-a-halt-20140507-zr62u.html

watto23 11:19 am 07 Feb 13

dtc said :

appropos the NBN posts…surely we can spend the money better on something else, its only those people who use roads during peak hours that will care, lets all ride bikes and spend the money on electric trams or something.

Although who will actually use this road? Trucks that are hauling stuff that should go by train? Skiiers from sydney? Plus a few people who live in gunghalin and work in Fyshwick or HQJOC

People going to defence or barton maybe as well, in terms of weekday commutes. People in the south will probably use the road to go to sydney as well. Plus it will take some heavy traffic off northbourne.

puggy 11:17 am 07 Feb 13

dtc said :

Although who will actually use this road?

Majura Rd is the way many Gungahnites get to and from Barton and is usually a quicker run than Northbourne or Parkes Way (via GDE) (plus it makes “dropping into Costco” viable!). Remember that the Gungahlin end of Majura Parkway is Horse Park Drive, which services Harrison, Forde, Bonner and in the future Jacka, Throsby and Kenny. Also remember, Majura Pkwy is the compromise result from not going ahead with the road behind Ainslie (western side of Mt Ainsle) that had been on the Canberra planning maps for a very long, long time.

In summary, there are a lot of people who will use this road.

switch 10:53 am 07 Feb 13

Be grateful the sods didn’t turn on you.

m@ 9:50 am 07 Feb 13

funkylovebunny said :

Does anyone know what is going to happen to or remain of the Majura Pines mountain biking trails that existed up there? Went up about a month ago and they had marked a lot of trees for felling and torn up tracks. There was not much to ride and I was wondering if they planned on re-doing some of the area after the new road is put in. They managed to leave some good trails on Bruce Ridge after the GDE went in.

Almost everything not under the new highway has been ‘thinned’ now; there’s maybe 2km of the original tracks left but I think they’re also slated for thinning.

I imagine once the workers have moved out the local trailbuilders will start rebuilding trails on what’s left; but that ain’t much and the ground is chewed up by machinery and covered with leftovers from the felled trees. But I guess Sparrow Hill probably looked similar a couple of years ago.

shirty_bear 10:32 am 06 Feb 13

Richard Bender said :

These projects should employ as few people and spend as little money as possible to get the job done properly; less cost to the taxpayer and more workers available for other projects.

On one level, I agree because I’m happy to pay less for the same product.

On another level, these sorts of public works have a role as a de facto welfare system – a portion of their workforce is otherwise unemployed/unemployable. Licenced clubs and the wider public service play a similar role. Subsidised employment beats welfare hands down; the individual’s finances and morale are far improved, and at least some productivity is generated.

Alderney 9:49 am 06 Feb 13

goggles13 said :

dtc said :

Although who will actually use this road? Trucks that are hauling stuff that should go by train? Skiiers from sydney? Plus a few people who live in gunghalin and work in Fyshwick or HQJOC

I will use it to get to the Federal Highway from the Monaro Highway.

Me too.

davo101 8:56 am 06 Feb 13

funkylovebunny said :

I was wondering if they planned on re-doing some of the area after the new road is put in.

I certainly hope so, given that providing tourist access to “the Majura pine plantation and other Majura Valley tourist facilities” was one of the main justifications for the construction of the Katy Gallagher Memorial Cycle Path To Nowhere.

funkylovebunny 12:13 am 06 Feb 13

Does anyone know what is going to happen to or remain of the Majura Pines mountain biking trails that existed up there? Went up about a month ago and they had marked a lot of trees for felling and torn up tracks. There was not much to ride and I was wondering if they planned on re-doing some of the area after the new road is put in. They managed to leave some good trails on Bruce Ridge after the GDE went in.

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