Weston Creek and Molonglo residents are enjoying a smoother run to the city and home again after the opening of four lanes on the Cotter Road as the duplication project nears completion.
The eagerly awaited $28.9 million project was expected to be completed in early February, but issues such as the relocation of water and utility services, and unexpected site conditions delayed the finish until early April.
But while some works still need to be completed, the opening of four lanes has been a welcome relief to drivers who have been caught in traffic snarls for months as the duplication proceeded.
The shared path, with a portion between Yarralumla Creek and the eastern approach to the intersection with the Tuggeranong Parkway already open to pedestrians and cyclists, is due to be completed in March.
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The Cotter Road carries more than 20,000 vehicles a day as a major thoroughfare for traffic, travelling from Canberra’s inner south suburbs, Weston Creek and the new developments in Molonglo Valley through to the city.
This number will increase as residents move in to the new Molonglo suburbs.
The project will complete the duplication of Cotter Road between Adelaide Avenue and John Gorton Drive and slash driving times.
The project remained on budget.