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William Slim Drive duplication leads list of road promises

By Charlotte Harper - 30 September 2016 12

Barton Hwy/William Slim Drive/Gundaroo Drive roundabout

William Slim Drive in Belconnen will be the focus of Labor and the Liberals’ election campaign today, with both committing to its duplication during the next Legislative Assembly.

As part of an overall $141 million roads package to be announced today, Labor will also match the Liberals’ earlier promise to duplicate Gundaroo Drive from Gungahlin Drive to the Barton Highway.

Athllon Drive between Sulwood Drive and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong would make the cut for duplication under Labor, too, at a cost of $30 million.

Labor would also spend $6 million across the city on road resealing. It says a million square metres of roads were resurfaced on its watch last year.

It would schedule intersection upgrades at Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive (Belconnen); Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street (Belconnen); Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive (Belconnen); The roundabout at Gundaroo Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue/Mirrabei Drive (Gungahlin); and Launceston Street and Irving Street (Woden).

Finally Labor would fund the design of new roads, including an extension of Nudurr Drive, duplication of Tharwa Drive from Woodcock Drive to Pockett Avenue, and duplication of William Hovell Drive northbound.

The Greens earlier committed to a $30 million spend on road upgrades.

Pictured is the Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive roundabout. Photo: TAMS

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William Slim Drive duplication leads list of road promises
gooterz 11:18 pm 24 Jul 17

A replacement for the speed cameras, the single laned Athllon Drive between Sulwood Drive and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong gets a new traffic light for pedestrians.

gooterz 12:55 am 07 Feb 17

http://www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/latest-news/2016/december/park-and-ride-facility-on-its-way-to-wanniassa

Average speed cameras are gone, they’re going to rip up Athllon drive for new bus stops and carpark, i guess tuggeranong voters waiting for the athllon drive duplication will wait another 10 years.

dungfungus 6:04 pm 01 Oct 16

“Labor would also spend $6 million across the city on road resealing”….

I hope they wait until the tram tracks are in because they will add to ambulance patient discomfort.

Filling the track grooves at the same time would be a bonus.

gooterz 4:28 pm 01 Oct 16

Resealing is like applying a bandaid to someone who is bleeding out.

There are so many pot holes in the road the roads look a bit their world in places.
I wonder what the duplication means for the average speed camera? are they going to redo all the intersections as lights or keep up with not really catching anyone?

Southerly_views 2:13 pm 01 Oct 16

“Labor would also spend $6 million across the city on road resealing”….

This announcement will probably please paramedics and their patients travelling around the city in ambulances. It seems the roads are getting worse every year and a smooth ambulance ride without jarring all those on board is becoming more difficult to achieve.

There is also the trend for an increasing number of speed humps and speed “cushions” being installed across the city. Apparently they are causing another set of “comfort obstacle” problems for ambulances on their way to help someone and again in taking them to hospital.

Somehow I don’t think an extra $6M will be enough money to bring many of Canberra’s roads back up to standard.

BenjaminRose1991 8:50 am 01 Oct 16

I’m surprised that William Slim Dr wasn’t duplicated about ten-fifteen years ago in anticipation for Gungahlin’s growth. Give the NCDC of yesteryear points, they planned ahead and reserved spaces everywhere in Canberra for road duplications and would’ve nailed these duplications fifteen-twenty years ago.

Masquara 8:54 pm 30 Sep 16

The Greens are promising road upgrades? And not objecting to Labor’s extra lane plans? They really want to have their cake and eat it, don’t they!

gooterz 8:53 pm 30 Sep 16

rommeldog56 said :

It’s a spen-a-thon……..

Anyone worrying about how either Labor/Greens or Liberals are gonna pay for all these election promises ?

Spend up big then ask to stop self government!

Me2 4:54 pm 30 Sep 16

bronal said :

Ashley Drive under way? I don’t think so. After an initial flurry of activity (the only results of which appear to be a rather cheap fence for noise reduction), everyone has gone on a rather long smoko.

Why is it that roadworks in the ACT take so long? Aren’t they subject to contracts. At this rate we won’t see completion for years!

Agree with you re the fence. As they erected the support posts it looked like it was going to be a decent noise barrier. Then they put up the cheap wooden fence palings- pathetic. And with no attempted preventative paint work or the like, the graffiti has already started to appear.

In terms of actual construction of the road, majority of the work seems to be focused on the pedestrian bridge near the Clift Crescent intersection. Albeit at the snails pace that seems to be the norm in the ACT

wildturkeycanoe 1:25 pm 30 Sep 16

“It would schedule intersection upgrades at Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive (Belconnen); Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street (Belconnen)”
Any idea what “upgrade” means exactly? Another set of lights or a roundabout?

bronal 12:07 pm 30 Sep 16

Ashley Drive under way? I don’t think so. After an initial flurry of activity (the only results of which appear to be a rather cheap fence for noise reduction), everyone has gone on a rather long smoko.

Why is it that roadworks in the ACT take so long? Aren’t they subject to contracts. At this rate we won’t see completion for years!

rommeldog56 10:38 am 30 Sep 16

It’s a spen-a-thon……..

Anyone worrying about how either Labor/Greens or Liberals are gonna pay for all these election promises ?

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