A tender has just been released for the duplication of the busy stretch of Athllon Drive between Drakeford Drive and Sulwood Drive in Tuggeranong.
It’s the second part of a two-phase project to upgrade a three-kilometre stretch of the road.
The government says the southern stretch is one of the most-used pieces of transport infrastructure in all of Canberra’s south, with more than 14,000 vehicles travelling it each day and 2000 in each peak period alone.
There have been more than 900 accidents on the road between 2013 and 2019.
Upgrades to the road include the duplication and addition of new bus stops, intersection improvements and a new pedestrian underpass at Sulwood Drive.
These works were committed to by ACT Labor in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
In 2020, Transport Minister Chris Steel said the project was expected to cost up to $75 million and would likely be completed in 2025.
Firmer details about cost and timelines would be figured out through the tender process, a spokesperson for the government said.
Mr Steel said the road had been flagged in the government’s infrastructure priorities for Tuggeranong as “a crucial transport corridor” for motor vehicles, public transport and active travel.
“This investment in our infrastructure program will enable thousands of jobs from the conception stages through to planning, design and construction,” he said.
Pressure on Athllon Drive is increasing due to new developments in Greenway and around Woden.
In its pre-election Budget earlier this year, the Morrison Government agreed to jointly fund upgrades to the road.
It committed $46.7 million to the project in March this year as part of an overall infrastructure funding package for the Territory to the value of $51 million.
Concept designs for this southern section of the project, and the northern section between Shea Street and Melrose Drive in Phillip, were released in August 2020.
Consultation is expected to commence with local residents and community stakeholders in late 2023. The government is seeking views on proposed upgrades to intersections, the public transport and active travel components, and landscaping.
The full duplication is expected to cut at least two minutes off travel times for morning commuters on R4 and R5 bus services.
Other improvements are forecast for bike riders who will be able to use the Sulwood Drive underpass to travel between Tuggeranong and the city.
Construction was expected to take around three years, Mr Steel said in 2020.
The Athllon Drive duplication is one of two major road infrastructure projects forecast for Tuggeranong in the recently released draft district strategy for the region, the other being upgrades to the Monaro Highway.
Duplicating this road has been bandied around since 2012 when then-ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja promised it if elected.
Further information and updates on the project are available from City Services.